Ma Mère l'Oye
(Mother Goose Suite)
Composed by Maruice Ravel (1875-1937)
For Flute Choir
Arranged by Bruce Behnke
Published by Alry Publications
Includes score and parts
The five movements from the Mother Goose Suite, artfully arranged for 8-part flute choir. A major new arrangement for flute choirs, and perfect for recitals and programs.
Maurice Ravel was inspired by the children's stories of Charles Perrault and others. 'Ma Mere L'Oye' (Mother Goose) was originally written in 1908 as a suite of five pieces for four-hand piano for the children of a painter friend. In 1911 the composer orchestrated the suite and then, at the insistence of Jacques Rouche, director of hte Paris Theatre de Arts, adapted the music as a ballet by adding a prelude, an opening scene, and four interludes connecting the numbers. The ballet was first performed on January 28, 1912. Ravel was quoted as saying, “The idea of conjuring up the poetry of childhood in these pieces has naturally led me to simplify my style and clarify my writing.” This arrangement follows the form of the original five-movement piano duet. – Bruce Behnke
Scored for Piccolo, Eb Flute (or C flute), 4 C Flutes, Alto Flute and Bass Flute.