ⓘ Jeux d'eau (Ravel)

Jeux d'eau (Ravel)

ⓘ Jeux deau (Ravel)

Jeux d’eau is a piece for solo piano by Maurice Ravel. The title is often translated as "Fountains", "Playing water" or literally "Water Games". At the time of writing Jeux deau, Ravel was a student of Gabriel Faure, to whom the piece is dedicated. Pianist Ricardo Viñes was the first to publicly perform the work in 1902, although it had been privately performed for Les Apaches previously.

The piece was inspired by Franz Liszts piece Les jeux deau à la Villa dEste from the 3eme annee of his Annees de pelerinage, and Ravel explained its origins in this way:

Jeux deau, appearing in 1901, is at the origin of the pianistic novelties which one would notice in my work. This piece, inspired by the noise of water and by the musical sounds which make one hear the sprays of water, the cascades, and the brooks, is based on two motives in the manner of the movement of a sonata - without, however, subjecting itself to the classical tonal plan.

Written on the manuscript by Ravel, and often included on published editions, is the text "Dieu fluvial riant de leau qui le chatouille." a quote from Henri de Regniers Cite des eaux, which in English editions is sometimes translated to "River god laughing as the water tickles him.". The piece is composed in E major.

The piece infamously uses non-standard keys included on larger Bosendorfer models, often written into scores using a substituted low A the lowest key on the standard keyboard near measure 57 which should be a half-step lower at G ♯.

The work was first published by Eugene Demets.

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  • symbolism. During the first years of the new century Ravel s new works included the piano piece Jeux d eau 1901 the String Quartet and the orchestral song
  • Stravinsky may have learned the trick from Ravel Stravinsky heard Jeux d eau and several other works by Ravel no later than 1907 at the Evenings for Contemporary
  • and Ravel BBC. Retrieved 27 December 2016. Park, Sun Hye. Elements of Impressionism evoked in Debussy and Ravel s Reflets dans l eau and Jeux d eau The
  • kingdom deep at the bottom of a lake. It is reminiscent of Ravel s early piano piece, the Jeux d eau 1901 with the sounds of water falling and flowing
  • perform Maurice Ravel s music Jeux d eau Ravel in the United States Harold Bauer played a first Boston performance of Jeux d eau on 4 December 1905
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  • Barcarolle. The Ravel scholar Roger Nichols considers the cycle an important step in Ravel s evolution, as significant of those of Jeux d eau and Miroirs
  • style, influenced by the piano works of Debussy and Ravel in particular the latter s Jeux d eau There are two main themes, a gently meandering melody
  • Pierre - Joseph Ravel 1832 1908 was a Swiss civil engineer and inventor, father of the composer Maurice Ravel He was a pioneer of the automobile industry
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