Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel, Maurice)

For the later concert suites by the composer, see Daphnis et Chloé Suite No.1 and Daphnis et Chloé Suite No.2




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Daphnis (2007/9/1)

Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Cie., 1913. Plate D. & F. 9127.
Reprinted Mineola: Dover Publications
Misc. Notes The Contents page includes a translation of directions found within the score--the numbers in parenthesis being the printed page number on which the original indication may be found.
Ravel included an alternate section to be used in lieu of the chorus. This appendix (bookmarked in the PDF) should be inserted after printed page 95 and at end should proceed back to page 100.
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Daphnis (2007/9/16)

Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Cie., 1910. Plate D. & F. 7748
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For Piano solo (Ravel)

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Daphnis (2007/5/16)

Publisher. Info. Paris: Durand & Cie., 1912. Plate D. & F. 8346
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General Information

Work Title Daphnis et Chloé (symphonie chorégraphique)
Alternative. Title Daphnis and Chloë
Composer Ravel, Maurice
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. M.57
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 act, 3 tableaux
  • Tableau I (Une prairie а la lisiére d'un bois sacré)
1. Introduction et danse religieuse
2. Danse générale
3. Danse grotesque de Dorcon
4. Danse légére et gracieuse de Daphnis
5. Danse de Lycéion
6. Nocturne. Danse lente et mystérieuse des Nymphes
  • Tableau II (Camp des pirates)
7. Introduction
8. Danse guerrière
9. Danse suppliante de Chloé
  • Tableau III (Paysage du première 1er tableau, а la fin de la nuit)
10. Lever du jour
11. Pantomime (Les amours de Pan et Syrinx)
12. Danse générale (Bacchanale)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1909-12
First Performance. 1912-06-08 in Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet.
Ballets Russes (Russian Season), Michel Fokine (choreographer),
Léon Bakst (stage/costume designer), Pierre Monteaux (conductor)
Daphnis - Vaslav Nijinsky
Chloe - Tamara Karsavina
Lyceion - Frohman
Dorcon - Adolf Bolm<br.Lammon - Enrico Cecchetti
Bryaxis - Fedorov
1st Nymph - Marie Piltz
2nd Nymph - Luvob Tchernicheva
3rd Nymph - Kopatzynska
First Publication. 1913 (full score)
1910 (piano solo)
Average DurationAvg. Duration 55-60 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation dancers, chorus, orchestra
1st Nymph
2nd Nymph
3rd Nymph
Wordless Mixed Chorus (Offstage, SATB)
piccolo (also 3rd flute), 2 flutes (2nd also 2nd piccolo), alto flute (F), 2 oboes,English horn,
E clarinet, 2 clarinets (B), bass clarinet (B), 3 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns (F), 4 trumpets (C), 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, triangle, bass drum, cymbals, snare drum, military drum, tam-tam,
castenets, wind machine, crotales, tambourine, xylophone, glockenspiel,
celesta, 2 harps, strings (in 10 parts)
Offstage instruments
piccolo, E clarinet, horn (F), trumpet (C)
External Links Maurice-Ravel.net
Wikipedia article

Misc. Comments


Daphnis and Chloe is a musical setting of the Greek novel by Longus, commissioned by Diaghilev for the Ballets Russes. Premiered in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Russian Season organized by Sergei Diaghilev (8 June 1912)

Version History

  • Composed for orchestra with wordless chorus ad lib, 1909–12
  • Arranged for solo piano by Ravel, 1910–12
  • Suite No.1, comprising music from the first two scenes for orchestral concert performance (with wordless chorus ad lib), was arranged by Ravel in 1911.
  • Suite No.2, comprising music from the last scene for orchestral concert performance, was arranged by Ravel in 1913.
  • Danse gracieuse de Daphnis, a concert suite of extracts for solo piano, was arranged by Ravel in 1913.