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How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite PDF Book/Audio Bundle

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The Symphony Orchestra of the Liszt School Of Music,
conducted by Prof. Nicolás Pasquet, plays Maurice Ravel's "Ma Mère l'Oye" (Mother Goose) in 5 Suites

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Maurice Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite began life as a piano suite based on the Mother Goose short stories, not nursery rhymes.

Out of these stories emerge a variety of situations to be described musically, all of which are ideal for the dramatic, film/TV, and game composer. A partial list includes scoring such moods as stateliness, unsureness, animal effects without synthesizers, romantic anxiety, joy, emotional rising without the basses, happily ever after, the sound of the Orient, and much more.

From the stories, you get an amazing set of devices you can apply and use today. And with the three color-coded bonus PDF scores you can easily see how Ravel went from piano to orchestra.

From the suites, you see how Ravel orchestrated from piano to orchestra, and where within his own composition he changed things!

This may not seem like a big deal until you realize that there are two approaches for transcribing a score from piano to orchestra (or other ensemble). One approach is to score as close to the piano part as possible to preserve the composer’s intent. The other, is to change as you go. Ravel did both. In his own compositions, he changed them to better suit the music to the medium of the larger ensemble. But when it came to another composer’s work, like Pictures At an Exhibition by Moussorgsky, Ravel altered voicings and fillers, but didn’t rewrite the work.

About How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite
Alexander Publishing has completely re-engraved the classic work with the condensed piano part at page bottom in an oversized A4 format.

By including the piano part at page bottom, you can see specific devices that Ravel used, where, and how he orchestrated them. Jazz musicians and composers will also see how Ravel composed and orchestrated using altered DOM7 chords, mixolydian chord scales, and triads with the added 9th.

For fast referencing, each bar is numbered at the bottom of the page (original rehearsal marks are also included).

Before each movement, we've included the complete short story that movement was based on. Now you can look at Mother Goose Suite to better understand the dramatic composition and scoring techniques that went into each work. By comparing back to the original story, you gain a better understanding of Ravel’s approach.

Following each movement is a brief orchestration analysis based on the Eight Keys To Learning Professional Orchestration as taught in our Professional Orchestration series of books.

How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite goes beyond traditional analysis by including two literary works by Edgar Allan Poe which greatly impacted Ravel, The Poetic Principle and The Philosophy of Composition.

Also included is a brief section on Ravel’s method of working which goes a long way to taking the mystery out of orchestral scoring.

Download Info:

  • Your download file(s) will be available for 30 days after purchase.
  • x3 .zip files.
  • approx. 62MB size.

    A paperback edition of How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite is available to order from Amazon or through most major bookstores using the information below:
    Title: How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite
    Author: Peter Lawrence Alexander / ISBN: 978-0-939067-12-1

    The remaining items included in this bundle are only available as digital downloads. You can order them separately here.
    1. How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite MP3 Audio/Score Package

    eBook Table of Contents

    How Ravel Worked
    The Eight Keys to Learning Professional Orchestration

    Story: The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods
    Score: Pavane for the Sleeping Princess in the Woods
    Practical Analysis: Pavane for the Sleeping Princess in the Woods

    Story: Little Tom Thumb
    Score: Little Tom Thumb
    Practical Analysis: Little Tom Thumb

    Story: The Green Serpent
    Score: Little Ugly, Empress of the Pagodas
    Practical Analysis: Little Ugly, Princess of the Pagodas

    Story: Beauty and the Beast
    Score: Dialogue Between Beauty & The Beast
    Practical Analysis: Dialogue Between Beauty & The Beast

    Story: The Fairy Garden
    Score: The Fairy Garden
    Practical Analysis: The Fairy Garden

    Putting to Work What You've Learned
    The Philosophy of Composition
    The Poetic Principle

    210 pgs.

    Bundle Contents

    1. How Ravel Orchestrated Mother Goose Suite eBook. (PDF download)

    2. Three (3) color-coded scores showing how Ravel went from piano to full orchestra for I. Pavane For The Sleeping Princess In The Woods, II. Little Tom Thumb, and V. The Fairy Garden. (PDF download)

    3. MP3 audio performance of Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, licensed from eClassical and conducted by Sir Neville Marriner and the chamber orchestra of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. (MP3 download)

    4. Bonus set of PDF study scores of the complete Mother Goose Suite for you to print out and mark up for your own personal study. (PDF download)

    Printing Note: The color-coded and Bonus PDF set of study scores are formatted to fit 8.5" x 14" (legal) paper size. You can print to a smaller or larger page size by choosing "Fit to page," "Shrink to Page" or similar, from your Printer's settings.

    SAMPLE PAGES (Click to open in a new window)
    How Ravel Orchestrated: Mother Goose Suite - Introduction
    Score Example from the book
    Color-Coded Score Example of Ravel's orchestration from piano to orchestra

    Endorsed By

    Dr. Rik Pfenninger
    Plymouth State University

    All I can say is fantastic! My students, and I were completely enthralled by the analysis you provided, as well as the score with the included piano part. Two of the students are jazz majors and were very excited about how Ravel was approaching harmonization from a chord/scale jazz harmony perspective. They really started to make a connection with Ravel's approach and what they have been learning in arranging class for big band; especially the jazz harmonization and line writing aspect of the score.

    The piano part at the bottom of the score is a great teaching tool for orchestration students. All of my students stated that they would like to see more scores presented in this format. They all felt that they were gaining a better understanding on how Ravel approached orchestrating this movement because of the piano part that was included in the score.

    The next time I teach my orchestration class, this will be required reading for all of my students, it is that good. I love the new approach.