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Ravel: Ondine No. 1 in C-sharp Major

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Maurice Ravel - Gaspard de la nuit :
Ondine, No. 1
Ondine  No. 1  in C-sharp Major by Ravel piano sheet music
Key: C-sharp Major Year: 1908
Level: 8+ Period: Impressionism
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (2019 kB)

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xx Ravel
December 14, 2010, 10:00:41 PM by berman

Hey guys, I was thinking of start practising Ravels Ondine from Gaspard de la Nuit in a couple of months but I havent played Ravel before. I wonder if anyone a piece(s) of Ravel to start with, to get the right ravel-feeling when playing ondine?

xx Ravel's Ondine - RH chord tremolo
June 26, 2010, 08:00:26 AM by ondine88

The RH chord tremolos in Ravel's Ondine are obviously a challenge.  

Does anyone have tips on how to play this well if one does not have naturally great piano fingers?

((I just found the following tips from fnork in 2007 on this forum. Huge thanks!!  Will try it out.  Still interested in other ppl's input as well.

fnork "Devote a lot of time to really master the opening RH figuration, which also occur later in the piece. Don't begin with trying to play it ppp - start at maybe mf or piano, slowly, and after sometime, you'll be able to play it very softly. Make sure your right hand is ABSOLUTELY relaxed - if it tenses up in performance, you are in serious trouble. Gieseking had good advice about dividing the opening figure in 3 + 3 + 2, making a small lift with the hand between those divisions where the repeated chords occur. At first you can exaggerate this lift - in performance tempo it is hardly noticable but helps making you more relaxed in the hand. I often practice this way and it has been helpful in improving speed without becoming tense. I still feel that the opening is the most difficult part of the whole piece... it's almost never good enough.

Also, air-playing and then gradually lower to play the keys."))

xx Gaspard de la nuit - Ondine
August 27, 2009, 01:49:37 AM by rabbidrabbit

Here is my Ondine! Appreciate any comments; no teacher last few years so I learned this with little guidance. Some of my comments: opening figure needs to be lightened up; no rushing on 8th notes in melody; no accents in weird places in melody. Pretty solid accuracy wise.

Also, I put the mic directly under the piano. What do you think of the sound there?

«Écoute!—Écoute!—C'est moi, c'est Ondine qui frôle de ces gouttes d'eau les losanges sonores de ta fenêtre illuminée par les mornes rayons de la lune; et voici, en robe de moire, la dame châtelaine qui contemple à son balcon la belle nuit étoilée et le beau lac endormi.

«Chaque flot est un ondin qui nage dans le courant, chaque courant est un sentier qui serpente vers mon palais, et mon palais est bâti fluide, au fond du lac, dans le triangle du feu, de la terre et de l'air.

«Écoute!—Écoute!—Mon père bat l'eau coassante d'une branche d'aulne verte, et mes soeurs caressent de leurs bras d'écume les fraîches îles d'herbes, de nénuphars et de glaïeuls, ou se moquent du saule caduc et barbu qui pêche à la ligne.»

Sa chanson murmurée, elle me supplia de recevoir son anneau à mon doigt, pour être l'époux d'une Ondine, et de visiter avec elle son palais, pour être le roi des lacs.

Et comme je lui répondais que j'aimais une mortelle, boudeuse et dépitée, elle pleura quelques larmes, poussa un éclat de rire, et s'évanouit en giboulées qui ruisselèrent blanches le long de mes vitraux bleus.

xx Some questions about Ondine
October 03, 2008, 06:00:05 PM by gregh87

I'm learning this piece, and man, is it gorgeous!  I have a couple technical questions:

1.  When it goes into 3 staves, do you use the middle pedal to sustain the base notes so you don't have to blur everything with the sostenuto pedal?  If so, do you try use the soft pedal as well for the pianissimo, like in measures 58 and 81?

2.  For very complex rhythms, such as the 7 versus 6 and 7 versus 5 in the climactic part at measure 63, how do you practice these slowly?  It makes sense to me to have a sixteenth note pulse and playing easier rhythms like 3 v 4 followed by 3 v 3 rather than 6 v 7, but I know this is not rhythmically accurate.  I'm hoping that that is a non-issue when played in tempo, but I don't want to get in a bad habit.


xx Comparative difficulty of Ravel's Ondine and Jeux d'eau
April 20, 2008, 03:15:24 AM by debussy symbolism


I am about to strart one of these pieces and am not sure about their difficulty in terms of technique compared to one other. If you are inclined to help please do. I look forward to responses.

xx Ravel - Ondine
March 16, 2008, 02:02:44 AM by gruffalo


I've got 2 recordings of this piece and i need to send one of them off for a summer school audition thing and im also hoping for some general feedback. one was done a while back when i had just finished learning the piece. i put it down for a while and i had to re-learn it quickly for this summer school audition. neither are really that good but if i could get a general idea of which one to send off, that would be great.

I did the first recording about two months (i think) before the other. I was felt much more connected with the music back then than i do now. Choosing the recording seems to be rather difficult for me because i feel the first one is more musical, but the second is at a faster tempo and possibly more secure with the notes? (although both are by no means of a decent technical standards).

Sorry to pose such a problem for you all. I hope that you can give some feedback on this.

Thanks for your time,


xx Ravel "Ondine"
November 26, 2007, 12:18:46 AM by fnork


Taken from a concert with mostly chamber music with the following program:

Prokofiev - Five melodies
Ravel - Ondine
Faure - Elegie for cello and piano
Poulenc - Violin sonata

- - - - -

Brahms - Pianotrio op 8


wink Ravel: Ondine & Scarbo from "Gaspard de la Nuit"
June 15, 2005, 02:58:01 PM by electrafingers

Hello everyone,
Please tell me what you think. This was recorded in a live concert.

Ondine -> http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?PID=570105&T=8956
Scarbo -> http://www.acidplanet.com/artist.asp?PID=569803&T=9103

xx Ravel: Ondine
July 27, 2002, 10:02:33 PM by Colette

I'm currently playing Ondine from Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, and I've been looking for some very good recordings. I've heard Perlamuter and Gieseking who's interpretations are excellent, but a bit cold. Has anyone heard other interesting/unusual recordings of Ondine?

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