||"Prelude" by Maurice Ravel has been arranged by Bill Schmid. This lovely tune by Ravel works very well as a Brass Quintet. Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) wrote this miniature “Prelude” for piano in 1913 as a sight-reading test for students at the Paris Conservatory. It is a melancholy, Impressionistic piece that far transcends its humble beginnings. Written in A dorian, Ravel utilized some jazz-like harmonies, even concluding on a minor ninth chord. While the “Prelude” is only 1:30 in duration, there are challenges in this arrangement (2008) for brass quintet in the often-thin texture and in the necessarily subtle trading-off of melodic lines.