Evening Masterwork: Ravel’s Mother Goose Ballet

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)

Mother Goose Ballet by Maurice Ravel

Evening Masterwork for July 12, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

The Mother Goose Ballet suite by Ravel went through quite the evolution, starting out as a five-movement suite for piano four hands that the composer wrote as a gift for the young son and daughter of a good friend. But three years after that, Ravel was asked to orchestrate the music for ballet, which he happily did, along with adding six more movements.