Ravel Piano Concerto in G major – cadenza

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    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #145430

    I have played the Ravel Piano Concerto in G major many times, but I only just noticed a strange note in the first bar of the cadenza in the first movement, that may be a misprint. On the second beat, there is a Db in the bass clef at the upper end of the glissando. On the following measure, that note looks the same except now there is a treble clef in front of it, making it a Bb. Is it possible that the treble clef should have been inserted in front of the previous high point of the gliss, making that Db the same note and register as the Bb after it? Musically, it makes a lot more sense. Any thoughts on this?

    rosalind-beck on #145431

    Elizabeth, I believe I have always played that first note as treble clef B-flat without giving it a thought.

    MusikFind1 on #145432

    Reh. 22 measure 1, beat 2 is the top note of the gliss a Db in Bass Clef or a high Bb in Treble clef?
    The printed score has the Db in Bass clef.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #145433

    Missing or misplaced clefs are among the most common errors, and certain publishers have certain errors more frequently than others. There are many clef problems in Ravel’s parts, as I recall.

    MusikFind1 on #145434

    Hi Clinton,
    In answer to your question, your hunch is correct. The Durand score and part is incorrect and the treble clef belongs BEFORE the note on beat two of rehearsal 22, thereby making it identical with the high Bb on the first beat of

    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #145435

    Thank you so much, Clinton!

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #145436

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