Maurice Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye

(Arranger: Paolo Fradiani)

  • for ensemble or chamber orchestra
  • 1 1 1 0 - 1 0 0 0 - hp (or pno), str
  • Duration: 18’
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute
    oboe
    clarinet in Bb and A
    horn in F
    harp (or piano)
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    double bass (strings: single or multiple players)
  • Composer: Maurice Ravel
  • Arranger: Paolo Fradiani
  • Table of contents:
    Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
    Petit Poucet
    Laideronnette, Impératrice des Pagodes
    Les entretiens de la Belle et la Bête
    Le Jardin féerique

Work introduction

Originally for 4-handed piano, Ma Mère l’Oye was orchestrated by Ravel in 1911, and in the same year it was expanded to a ballet. This version for ensemble is presented in 5 movements and has been orchestrated with both the orchestral and the piano versions, so it is possible to make small changes to some sections while safeguarding the initial compositional idea, as in the case of the part of the solo contrabassoon from Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête in this version, which is split between doublebass and cello, an idea already suggested in the version orchestrated by Ravel.

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