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Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit

Gaspard de la nuit, subtitled "Three Poems after Aloysius Bertrand," takes as its inspiration Bertrand´s collection of medieval tales, which the author claimed were whispered to him in the night by the devil, Gaspard.
Ravel, in his own words, set out to write something that would be “more difficult than [Balakirev’s] Islamey”.
The resulting suite forever changed the technical landscape of keyboard music. Each of the pieces is prefaced by one of Bertrand’s poems.
The first, Ondine, portrays a water nymph singing to seduce a mortal man to visit her kingdom at the bottom of a lake.
Le Gibet suggests “the bell sounding from the walls of a city far away below the horizon, and the carcass of a dead man hanging from a gibbet, reddened by the setting sun." Ravel´s bell is the B-flat octave that sounds continuously throughout the piece.
Finally, Scarbo gives an impression of the fiendish mischief committed by a ghostly night-dwarf, fading in and out of vision while changing forms, and finally disappearing without a trace.

Sheet Music Downloads:

TitleASTKey Published Type Level
Ondine No. 1C-sharp Major 1908 Piece 8+
Le Gibet No. 2E-flat Minor 1908 Piece 8+
Scarbo No. 3n/a 1908 Piece 8+

Posts in the piano forum about Gaspard de la nuit by Ravel:

xx Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit - Ondine (youtube)
June 01, 2011, 09:58:09 AM by josefk01

Here is my amateur interpretation of this incredibly bautiful piece of music.
I'm looking forward to your comments!

For more info, here is my youtube profile.

xx Ravel-Gaspard de la nuit
January 26, 2011, 09:41:35 AM by okoie

Who knows if does exist a fingering score of this piece?

xx Piano learning video - Ravel - Garspard de la Nuit
May 14, 2008, 01:45:15 AM by dikai_yang

My first attempt to play the Garspard de la Nuit in full.  Posted a completely broken Scarbo a long time ago, it's slightly better now.

Ravel - Gaspard de la Nuit - Ondine

Ravel - Gaspard de la Nuit - Le Gibet

Ravel - Gaspard de la Nuit - Scarbo

xx Learning video: Ravel - Gaspard de la nuit - Scarbo
February 18, 2008, 02:30:17 PM by dikai_yang

This is my attempt to play Scarbo... not even close... but I thought it'd be cool to post a video on what it's like when i'm desperately learning a difficult piece...
Part 1 and Part 2

Try not to laugh so hard... actually, maybe i should post one a month later to see if there's progress... how long does this piece take you guys??  i think this is still quite beyond me....

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