- ( 1 ) Cantique de Jean Racine — Gabriel Fauré
- ( 2 ) Pavane — Gabriel Fauré
- ( 3 ) Pavane pour une infante défunte — Maurice Ravel
( 1 ) Cantique de Jean Racine — By Gabriel Fauré
( 2 ) Pavane — By Gabriel Fauré
The lyrics were written by Robert de Montesquiou — the inspiration for the Baron de Charlus in the same novel.
( 3 ) Pavane pour une enfante defunte — By Maurice Ravel
Pavane pour une enfante defunte is often translated as Pavane for a Dead Princess. A more poetic translation would be — Dance for a Princess in a time long ago.
A pavane in the Renaissance was an elegant processional dance performed at the opening of a court ball. While the pavane became popular in the Spanish and English courts, it likely originated in Italy, Danza Padovana meaning dance of Padua.
Above: Ravel at the piano, in 1922, playing his composition Pavane pour une infante défunte. It was imprinted onto a piano roll and, many years later, recorded for phonograph.