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Ravel: Jeux d'eau in E Major

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Maurice Ravel :
Jeux d'eau
Jeux d'eau   in E Major by Ravel piano sheet music
Key: E Major Year: 1901
Level: 8+ Period: Impressionism
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (3181 kB)

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xx Jeux d'eau and Mephisto Waltzer
February 21, 2012, 08:17:00 PM by hugoagogo13


A friend of mine played these two pieces at a competition in The Netherlands.

What do you think of his piano playing?  I'm really looking forward to your opinion.


xx Starting to learn Jeux d'eau of Ravel
June 08, 2011, 02:14:05 PM by faa2010

I had tried before starting to learn Jeux d'eau of Ravel.  However, many things have happened in my life so I forgot it: work, practicing for a recital, work, English and French online lessons, work, etc.

Until now, the majority of the pieces I know by heart are between 4 or 5 of F. Chopin, and I can do sight reading but very slowly.

As I see it, I have to start from zero with that piece again, which doesn't make me worry in the least.

Could you give me some piano pieces I ought to learn before or tips in order to start learning it?

I will appreciate your ideas and suggestions.

xx Who likes Jeux D'eau?
November 09, 2010, 09:34:13 AM by wiggityp

Who doesn't? If you don't--then go away.

I love it, have not played it yet, but have listened to it several times now by various performers, my two favorites thus far being:

1) Richter


Now, I'm usually biased towards Richter, and I think this is a phenomenal recording of his, but Argerich is...well, Argerich. I think that she is amazing in this recording, her technique is so relaxed, her hands just seem to glide horizontally, gentle and steady as hummingbirds. However, at a few points (e.g. 4:30 ish) I think here dynamic transitions are a little blunt for my taste. I think they should flow a little more aqueously. But overall, excellent a joy to watch.

Richter, as per usual, just has superlative supremacy over his instrument in this video. Truly he's in the height of his powers here. He takes it a little faster tempo than Argerich which I think works for the most part, although it felt just a tad rushed at some of the climatic middle trills and that large glissando in there. But his colorings and texture at moments like 00:40ish-00:48ish and the section around 3:20--truly sound like the colors and feelings of the sea. And the ending just rocks you away on a mellow warm tide. I think overall I'd go with Richter. But, does anyone know of any later Argerich Jeux D'eau recordings? I'd be very interested to hear any. But supremely interested to hear any and all related thoughts on any of this Jeux D'eau business that I'm so taken with.

xx A couple of technical questions about Ravel Jeux d'eau
August 01, 2008, 12:45:06 AM by pianomom697

Hi everyone,

I'm de-lurking in hopes of getting some of the great advice I've been reading in this forum!

I'm learning Jeux d'eau, and there are no fingerings in the score I'm using, and there are a couple of things I'm not sure how to approach:

1) The sextuplet figures in mm. 78-79:
I'm using fingerings 4-5, 2-3, 1-1, 4-5, 2-3, 1-1, but I'm having trouble avoiding breaking up the pairs of notes, if that makes any sense. Especially with the 2-3 pair... my fingers keep wanting to play them separately. Any advice on hand position or other fingerings, etc.? I'm trying not to kill my wrists with the fast repetitive motions...

2) In measures such as 65, I'm leaning toward using 1-3-1-3-1-3, etc., but my thumb gets a bit heavy at times, breaking up the flow. Any ideas for alternate fingerings here?

I'd welcome any technical suggestions! I've wanted to play this piece since college in the early 90s, but was chicken. Luckily, I'm past the horrible initial stages of READING this difficult Ravel, what with the accidentals and all!

p.s. This edit is because using the "tab" key to indent resulted in hitting "post!"  Smiley

Thanks so much in advance for any help.

Another P.S.: Since I'm getting kind of nit-picky anyway, I have 2 very small "note" questions.

1) In m. 53, beat 4, the rhythm of the B# to A motive in the RH is slightly different than in all the other occurrences (Dover edition... Eschig, I think?)... anyone know if this is intentional?

2) In m. 61, the very last dyad in the RH would have a B# carried over, but I think I'm hearing a B natural on recordings... ?

Sorry to be so picky about this. It's just so hard to unlearn once something is set in the hands. Thanks again!

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.

question Ravel's Jeux D'eau
February 18, 2008, 07:47:26 PM by bach_ko

hi everyone... i'm currently taking advanced musicology class in conservatory now. I've chosen impressionism as my presentation topic. We are to demonstrate the stylistic traits of Impressionism in both visual arts and music (with reference of Debussy n Ravel's work)

i decided to choose Ravel's Jeux d'eaux as my discussion's reference for this topic bcos i'm more familiar with it. so i got to do analysis and reseach base on this work. can anyone of u give opinion about it? i'd like to discuss on the impressionistic tendencies as demonstrated in Ravel's Jeux d'eau.

i've came out an outline of my analysis :

-   Ravel as an impressionist. What elements in Ravel’s Jeux d’eau show the impressionistic style?

o   Rhythm
o   Texture
o   Harmony/poly harmony
o   Harmony progression
o   Mixture of modal scales

-   In English translation it called “Water Games”, what elements reflect the image of “Water Games”?
o   Tonalization
o   Harmony
o   Accompaniment part
o   the usage of glissando-like, arpeggio and tremolo technique)

-   How does it relate to impressionism of visual art? Give the similarities.

xx [youtube] Ravel - Jeux d'eau >> welcome all comments and critics!!
November 05, 2007, 06:50:37 PM by classical pianist


i spent incredibly much energy on practicing this jeux d'eau

welcome all comments and critics   Cheesy

more VDO at

xx Ravel Jeux d'eau
June 06, 2007, 08:25:18 PM by iliaul

Hello this my first post on this forum.
I am posting Ravel that i played in one local competition.
please post your thoughts

here's the video if you want to see it:


cheesy Beethoven Sonata op110 and Ravel Jeux d'eau
August 26, 2004, 09:48:20 PM by pianojems

Beethoven Sonata 110 and Ravel Jeaux D'eau

I am considering learning these pieces next, and would like to know if anyone else has played them and how hard they are. I would also appreciate any advice on learning them. Thanks Roll Eyes

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