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katya-oddio on 04/19/2013 at 04:45PM

Ma Mère l'Oye

Detail from Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, c. 1860 by British painter Richard Dadd (1819–1887)

Saturday, April 20th is the anniversary of the 1910 premiere of Ravel's Ma Mère l'Oye in Paris, France. Ma Mère l'Oye: Cinq Pièces Enfantines (Mother Goose: Five Children's Pieces) was originally composed for two pianos, a duet for Mimi and Jean Godebski, ages 6 and 7. Later the same year, the work was transcribed for solo piano by Ravel's friend Jacques Charlot. In 1911, Ravel orchestrated the work for a full orchestra, and in 1912, he expanded it into a ballet. It was recently arranged for a string quartet, as well.

The solo work is performed on the Free Music Archive by Felipe Sarro in a collection of Ravel compositions for single piano.

The five pieces of both the duet and the solo piano suites of Ma Mère l'Oye are:

1. Courtly Dance of Sleeping Beauty (Pavane de la belle au bois dormant)
2. Little Tom Thumb (Petit Poucet)
3. Little Ugly Girl, Empress of the Pagodas (Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes)
4. Conversation of Beauty and the Beast (Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête)
5. The Fairy Garden (Le jardin féerique)

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differentieel on 04/20/13 at 07:46AM
nice idea Katya - - happens to be - that i am working on the same set to make an 'our days' version of the very nice compositions of Maurice - one of those is the Pavane at http://audio.dailym.net/2013/04/doornroosje/
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katya-oddio on 04/23/13 at 11:10PM
Very cool, differentieel
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edithlensan on 01/29/14 at 11:29PM
amazing
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