Laideronnette: Impératrice des Pagodes

From Wind Repertory Project
Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel (arr. Brian Beck)

Subtitle: From Ma Mère l'Oye

General Info

Year: 1910 / 2013
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano Duet
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
Flute I/C Piccolo
Flute II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Originally written as a piano duet, this charming fairy tale set to music makes a delightful addition to concert band programming. Brisk and airy, it's a great introduction of this important composer to students and audiences alike. And as with most fairy tales, this work has a happy ending where everyone lives happily ever after.

- Program Note from publisher

This appealing setting of Ravel’s engaging work from his Mother Goose Suite tells the tale of a Chinese princess who falls under a curse that transforms her into an ugly little girl. Embarrassed, she exiles herself from her family and people, but ultimately she is rescued by a spell-bound king in the form of a green serpent. They fall in love, the curse is lifted, and they live happily ever after. Expertly scored with attractive melodies and lush harmonies, the piece features a variety of textures, sparkling mallet percussion lines, airy high woodwind passages, solo opportunities for oboe, bassoon, and alto saxophone, and well-conceived percussion writing for eight players.

- Program Note from The Instrumentalist, May 2014

Laideronnette translates to "Little Ugly Girl, Empress of the Pagodas."


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class B
  • Texas: IV. Complete


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