Maurice Ravel was commissioned by the Érard Company in Paris to write this work to display the expressive range of its new double-action pedal harp.
Ravel wrote it in June 1905 in a mad rush over the course of a week with sleepless nights so he could go on a boating holiday with friends.
Recorded by RNZ Concert at the APO's concert without audience, 'The Soldier's Tale'
Auckland Town Hall, 12 June 2020
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay