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Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

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Maurice Ravel :
Le Tombeau de Couperin
Le Tombeau de Couperin   by Ravel piano sheet music
Key: n/a Year: 1917
Level: 8+ Period: Impressionism
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (4769 kB)

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xx Ravel's Forlane
June 23, 2011, 05:04:51 PM by drkilroy


I am having problems with playing Forlane from Le Tombeau de Couperin by Ravel. I am talking about these three measures:

How do you arrange hands here? Any tips about this place and the whole piece would be appreciated.

Thank you and best regards, Dr

P.S. How do you actually pronounce forlane?

xx Which one should I play for a competition?
December 11, 2010, 02:45:01 PM by wilmerguido

Which one should I play and which one is more difficult for you?
Ravel Toccata from Le Tombeau de Couperin
Ravel Alborada del Gracioso from Miroirs
Debussy Reflets dans l'eau from Images
Prokofiev Tocatta
Prokofiev Suggestion Diabolique

I know diffuculty is subjective... but I just need an overview, also, please point out the most difficult parts in these pieces

xx Ravel - Tombeau de Couperin
March 02, 2009, 04:06:19 AM by andhow04

I. Prelude

xx Ravel Tombeau de couperin,prelude
September 18, 2008, 03:50:10 PM by yw1935

Rachel's performance

xx ravel Tombeau I. prelude
July 14, 2008, 07:27:49 PM by andhow04

im not sure i get this.  Do the little trills go on the beat or before?  sometimes they seem like should go before.  other times they feel like they go on.  also ravel marked the first note of the little trills sometimes with a tenuto and sometimes with an accent!  does accent mean on the beat, and tenuto before the beat?  otherwise how would you distinguish between an accent and a tenuto in such a fast tempo and with such a little note

xx Ravel Toccata (Tombeau de Couperin)
October 01, 2007, 01:43:39 PM by thorn

The only performance ive ever heard of this that is actually crotchet =144 sounded a mess. but if its taken too slow it defeats the object of the piece.

what would people say is an acceptable tempo range?

also, how generous (or not) are people with the soft pedal considering 80% of the piece is 'pp'?

xx Ravel's Rigaudon in Le Tombeau de Couperin
June 17, 2006, 05:06:36 PM by guermantes

Hi !
I'm working on Ravel's Rigaudon at the moment using the pianostreet sheetmusic which includes no fingering suggestions. I'm afraid I'm struggling with creating my own fingering in parts of it. Would anyone like to exchange thoughts with me on this piece ?
Thanks in advance,

xx Ravel - Forlane, from Le Tombeau de Couperin
December 21, 2005, 02:12:36 AM by pianohopper

Here finally is a recording on a 9-foot Steinway!  November 11, 2005; school recital.   Apologies for the noise in the first couple seconds -- I think that is me flipping through the music and getting settled. 

Thoughts, comments welcome.

xx Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin, Prelude
November 12, 2005, 08:20:55 AM by gaer

Comments welcome, recorded on my Clavinova. Smiley


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