Ravel Ma Mere L’Oyle-Piccolo and Piano-Trubcher

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Ravel Ma Mere L’Oyle-Piccolo and Piano-Trubcher

Ravel Ma Mere L’Oyle-Piccolo and Piano-Trubcher

Instrumentation: piccolo & piano
Composer: RAVEL, Maurice (1875 – 1937)
Difficulty Level: intermediate-advanced [ UK grades 6 – 8 ]
Arranger: Alain Craens
Duration: ca. 20.00″
Genre: Romantic


Experience the captivating rendition of Maurice Ravel’s renowned suite, “Ma Mere l’Oye” (Mother Goose), beautifully arranged for piccolo and piano by Alain Craen. Peter Verhoyen brings to life the well-known melodies of the suite in an enchanting performance. Follow the YouTube link below to hear this arrangement.

Movements of the Suite

1. Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant
2. Petit Poucet
3. Laideronette, Impératrice des Pagodes
4. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
5. Le jardin féerique (performed in the video by Peter Verhoyen & Stefan De Schepper)

Ravel-Mother Goose

“Mother Goose” (original French title: “Ma mère l’Oye”) is a delightful suite composed by Maurice Ravel. Initially created as a piano duet consisting of five movements in 1910, Ravel later orchestrated the piece in 1911. The inspiration for “Ma mère l’Oye” came from Ravel’s desire to compose for the Godebski children, Mimi and Jean, aged 6 and 7 respectively. As an homage to their parents, Ravel dedicated this work for four hands to the children, much like he had previously dedicated his Sonatine. Its premiere took place on 20 April 1910, performed by Jeanne Leleu and Geneviève Durony at the inaugural concert of the Société musicale indépendante.

In the same year of its publication, Ravel’s friend Jacques Charlot transcribed the suite for solo piano. Additionally, the first movement of Ravel’s “Le tombeau de Couperin” was dedicated to Charlot’s memory following his tragic death during World War I. Both piano versions share the subtitle “cinq pièces enfantines” (five children’s pieces). However, it is the orchestrated suite, completed in 1911, that has become the most commonly performed and recognized form of the composition.

Later in the same year, Ravel expanded “Ma mère l’Oye” into a ballet, incorporating four new interludes and adding two movements at the beginning of the suite. This enchanting musical work continues to captivate audiences with its playful melodies and imaginative storytelling.

Joseph Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was a French composer and pianist recognised for his significant contributions to 20th-century music. Born in Ciboure, France, Ravel showed prodigious talent from a young age and received formal training at the Paris Conservatoire. He gained fame for his innovative compositions, which blended elements of Impressionism, neoclassicism, and jazz influences.

Ravel’s notable works include “Boléro,” “Daphnis et Chloé,” and “Piano Concerto in G major.” His meticulous attention to detail and exquisite orchestrations showcased his mastery of musical craftsmanship. Ravel’s music remains popular for its evocative melodies, rich harmonies, and vibrant rhythmic complexities. His profound influence on modern classical music solidifies his place as one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.

He wrote numerous pieces incorporating the flute including:

  • “Pièce en forme de habanera” for flute and piano
  • “Pavane pour une infante défunte” arranged for flute and piano
  • “Sonatine” for flute, violin, and harpsichord (later arranged for flute and piano)
  • “Duo for violin and cello” arranged for flute and cello
  • “Chansons madécasses” for voice, flute, cello, and piano


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