Maurice Ravel: Mother Goose Ballet
Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Ballet suite had somewhat humble beginnings: the original version of the piece was only for piano four hands, and it was a set of five-movements the composer wrote as a gift to the children of a good friend. These set of pieces were premiered in Paris in 1910 as the “Five Childish Pieces,” but a few years later Ravel was asked if he could orchestrate the piece for ballet. Not only did he agree, but he also expanded and revised the work. We’ll hear the orchestrated version tonight, our Evening Masterwork at 7 o’clock on Classical WSMR.