Ravel originally wrote Ma Mère l'Oye as a piano duet for the Godebski children, Mimi and Jean, ages 6 and 7. Ravel dedicated this work for four hands to the children (just as he had dedicated an earlier work, Sonatine to their parents). Jeanne Leleu and Geneviève Durony premiered the work.
The piece was transcribed for solo piano by Ravel's friend Jacques Charlot the same year as it was published (1910). The first movement of Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin is dedicated to Charlot.
Both piano versions bear the subtitle "cinq pièces enfantines" (five children's pieces).
Complete recording by Francois Micol and Livia Naas
|Ravel - Ma Mère l'Oye (1910)
Recorded live at a concert in a music library on June 15th, 2007.
|1||Pavane de la Belle au Bois Dormant||1:19|
|2||Le petit poucet||2:29|
|3||Laideronnette, impératrice des Pagodes||3:15|
|4||Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête||3:27|
|5||Le jardin féerique||2:39|
Complete recording by Felipe Sarro
|Ravel - Ma Mère l'Oye
Transcription for piano solo by Jacques Charlot (1910)
Recorded in 2009
|1||Pavane de la belle au bois dormant||01:51|
|3||Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes||03:32|
|4||Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête||03:23|
|5||Le jardin féerique||04:05|