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Ravel: Mother Goose

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: music that doesn’t “lay an egg”…

Ravel was fascinated by childhood. Many critics have heard his interest in mechanical toys reflected in his talent for intricate and delicate rhythms. In addition, Ravel wrote “Mother Goose,” a work not only inspired by children’s literature, but originally intended to be performed by children. The original four-hand piano version was conceived for the children of a friend, but the piece eventually got too difficult for them, and was premiered instead by child performers Jeanne Leleu and Genevieve Durony. Ravel drew from several fairy tales. Some, like Sleeping Beauty and Tom Thumb, were from the works of Charles Perrault. The story of “Laideronnette” or “Little Ugly-Girl” was adapted from a tale by Perrault’s rival and contemporary, Marie Catherine DAulnoy, who was the first author to use the term “Fairy Tale.”

Music Heard On This Episode

Maurice Ravel: Mother Goose: Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas
Martha Argerich and Mikhail Pletnev, pianos — : Cinderella Suite; Ravel: La Mère l'Oye (Deutsche Grammophon, 2004)
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Maurice Ravel: Mother Goose: Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas
Martha Argerich and Mikhail Pletnev, pianos — : Cinderella Suite; Ravel: La Mère l'Oye (Deutsche Grammophon, 2004)
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