Maurice Ravel
Alborada del Gracioso
No. 4 from Miroirs

This piece combines the flavour of Andalusian folk music with pianistic acrobatics such as double glissandi and extremely fast repeated notes.

ID: 1884
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4. Alborada del Gracioso

Key: N/A
Year: 1905
Level: 8+
Period: Impressionism
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Morning Song of the Jester

Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso reintroduces several “special effects” that Liszt pioneered 40 years prior. Translating roughly as Morning Song of the Jester, this piece combines the flavour of Andalusian folk music with pianistic acrobatics such as double glissandi and extremely fast repeated notes. These may look simple on the page, but making sure each 16th-note triplet is heard is the mark of a true virtuoso (and the sign of a well-functioning piano action). The four-measure fragment marked “Plus lent” is jarring in its charming simplicity after such cheeky agitation. Ravel alternates the slow and dreamy fragments with sections that grow more agitated until the original mood returns. Equally quirky is the close, dissonant harmony, which stretches even Ravel’s usual splashes of color.

Background

The piece was dedicated to Michel-Dimitri Calvocoressi, a Greek-French music critic whom Ravel had met while studying at the Paris Conservatoire. Ravel and Calvocoressi were both part of the "Apaches", a Parisian group of artists and critics who saw folk music as an important source of artistic inspiration.


Forum posts about this piece:

Playing two notes with thumb by diegoyan
Hi everyone, I've had this question for some time so I decided to give it a try here to see if I get some answers, since due to the pan...

Ravel alborada double glissando by diomedes
On the way up in a video you can see Richter uses the nails of 2 and 3, the hand is at an awkward angle but I think it works best. I also w...

Which one should I play for a competition? 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 ...


Member's recordings of piece:

Alborada second recording by ariel12345
Hi All I posted it already but no one responded so i try again :) Thats my secong recording of the piece Would like your comments Thanks sou...

Ravel- Alborada Del Gracioso, Ariel Weiss- Piano by ariel12345
Hi all Alborada second version! Would love your feedback. This is not live so don't ask for video. soundcloud.com/user-783768181/ravel-...

Ravel - Alborada del Gracioso, Chopin Etude Op.10 No.4, Scarlatti Sonata K249 by lukejones1
Hi Pianostreet, Just thought I'd share some of my latest videos that I made in college recently. Need to upgrade my mics at some point...

Ravel, Alborada Del Gracioso, Ariel weiss, piano by ariel12345
Hello all Here is my performance of the "Alborada", will be happy to have some feedback. Thank you, Ariel www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Ravel: Alborada del gracioso from Miroirs ** CORRECTED URL ** by jcfelice88keys
Hello All, The enclosed URL sends you to my performance on Alborada as played on a Yamaha C-1. EDIT:  Here is the corrected URL www....


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DOWNLOAD: Maurice Ravel - Alborada del Gracioso No. 4 ( from Miroirs by Ravel). Piano sheet music to print immediately or to view in mobile devices.
Maurice Ravel, who was one of the prominent composers active in the Impressionism era, wrote this piece titled "Alborada del Gracioso" No. 4 from Miroirs. The composition is categorized as "Piece" in the sheet music library and the level of difficulty in the piano music database is 8+.