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Ravel: Scarbo No. 3

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Maurice Ravel - Gaspard de la nuit :
Scarbo, No. 3
Scarbo  No. 3  by Ravel piano sheet music
Key: n/a Year: 1908
Level: 8+ Period: Impressionism
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (3438 kB)

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xx Richter playing scarbo ?!?
August 15, 2009, 03:44:25 PM by thierry13

Is it me or is this an extract of Richter playing Scarbo?!? I didn't know this recording existed! Who has the complete thing?

The extract is at 2:40... does the complete video performance exist ? It MUST exist!

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....

xx Scarbo!
July 20, 2007, 03:46:19 PM by fnork

After hearing a fantastic 'scarbo' at a student concert at a course I recently went to, I was inspired and felt that I should learn it myself too, finally. Besides, the pianist who played it told me that "you should've started with scarbo, not ondine..." 

So lets talk about this piece! What are your favourite recordings of it? Who has played it?

I recently came across Pierre-Laurent Aimards recording of Gaspard - I don't know any other recording that follows the composers text that well - he does EXACTLY what's in the score and adds nothing. His tempos are very slow comparing to other recordings and while it works quite well in both 'Ondine' and 'Le gibet' (probably the best 'gibet' I've heard), his 'Scarbo' hardly sounds scary or nightmarish to me..

As I'm learning the piece, I just noticed that there are a few hand rearrangements that you can do - for instance, in bar 281-284 and 295-298 I find it easier to take the top note in the right hand with the left hand instead (for example in bar 281, take the D with the left hand, in the next bar, take the F with the left hand etc). I find that it faciliates the performance of the repeated notes.

After hearing some more recordings, I've noticed that some pianists choose a faster tempo than they are able to handle in some passages. Thibaudet sort of messes up some repeated note passages because of his fast tempo. Around what tempo do you think it should be? Another problem with the fast tempo that many choose is that some of the rhytmic elements of the piece get destroyed - from bar 121 and onwards for example, the sixteenth notes of this rhytmic motif often sound like upbeats, and it's not clear where the beat is. At a slower tempo, it's easier to understand that. Same goes for bar 65-69. What do you think?

I've also noticed that many pianists make a "a tempo" at bar 372 (six bars after the first climax - un peu retenu, before the three-note motif that opens the piece reappears) - should it be like that?

xx Ravel's scarbo from Gaspard de la nuit by Sergio Tiempo
June 11, 2007, 04:45:20 PM by g.gould


xx Scarbo
May 14, 2007, 10:47:24 PM by elevateme_returns

sorry acoustic is crap. comments would be appreciated!

xx Ravel: Scarbo
April 29, 2007, 08:04:08 PM by electrafingers

Another version of Scarbo. Enjoy

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

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