QUOTE(ukjason @ Dec 17 2009, 02:44 PM)
The Sonatine is lovely, I'm working on it now as a pure interst piece.
TG have it on their Grade 6 list, where I feel it is a little more comfortable. Technically it can be played by a Grade 5 candidate, but its length and musical challenges lend themselves more to Grade 6.
I can busk quite a bit of the accompaniment, and love the ending!
I was fascinated to find that Claude Arrieu was a friend of Messiaen and studied composition in the same class at the Paris Conservatoire, taught by Paul Dukas (of Sorceror's Apprentice fame).