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Excerpts from "Mother Goose Suite"

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Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel (arr. Jeffrey E. Turner)

General Info

Year: 1910 / 2010
Duration: c. 5:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano four-hands
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $58.00; (digital) - $58.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Trombone I-II
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Mark Tree
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ravel wrote the Mother Goose Suite for two children who were very special to him. His fascination with the wonder and imagination of childhood are evident in this piece. This arrangement takes the audience on a journey through the enchanted world of fairy tales -- from the reflective Sleeping Beauty Pavane, to the playful Tom Thumb, the exotic Empress of the Pagoda, through the courtship of Beauty and the Beast, and concluding where all fairy tales must, with a happily-ever-after ending in The Fairy Garden.

- Program Note from publisher

Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose) is a suite by French composer Maurice Ravel. The piece was originally written as a five-movement piano duet in 1910. In 1911, Ravel orchestrated the work.

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. Jeanne Leleu and Geneviève Durony premiered the work at the first concert of the Société musicale indépendante on 20 April 1910.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Texas: II. Complete


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Texas (Austin) Symphony Band (Clifton Croomes, conductor) – 30 November 2022
  • Philadelphia (Penn.) Wind Symphony (Virginia Allen, conductor) – 18 May 2019

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