Mother Goose Suite

From Wind Repertory Project
Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel (trans. Richard Frey)

Subtitle: (Ma Mere L'Oye)

General Info

Year: 1901 / 2018
Duration: c 16:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $145.00; (digital) - $145.00


1. Pavanne of a Sleeping Beauty - 1:35
2. Tom Thumb - 3:25
3. Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas - 3:35
4. Conversation of Beauty and the Beast - 4:00
5. The Fairy Garden - 3:10


Full Score
Flute I-II (Piccolo)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
Horn in F I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals (small)
  • Gong
  • Marimba
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Thai Gongs
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind/Feng Gong
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Maurice Ravel's Mother Goose Suite comprises five charming miniatures, each evoking a fairy tale scene. From the simplicity of the opening Pavane of Sleeping Beauty to the whirling dance of the Conversation of Beauty and the Beast, Richrad Frey's colorful new setting for chamber winds and percussion captures the beauty and elegance of Ravel's entrancing work.

- 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

Mother Goose Suite is a five-movement work originally written by Ravel in 1910 for four hands on one piano. He then orchestrated it in 1911 for a ballet and added an additional prelude, movement, and four interludes.

The transcription by Richard Frey for chamber ensemble contains the original five movements, as is the standard played by orchestras. Each movement is meant to bring to mind a fairy tale scene: a haunting lullaby for Sleeping Beauty; Tom Thumb wandering in the forest, lost after the birds eat the bread crumbs he left behind to help find his way home; and a rather lively conversation between Beauty and the Beast, are a few of the scenes that are depicted in this suite.

- Program Note by Tyler Strickland for the University of Iowa Symphony Band concert program, 10 December 2020


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State Ratings

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  • University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Symphonic Winds (Travis Higa, conductor) - 16 November 2021
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Concert Band (Courtney Snyder, conductor) - 14 March 2021
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Winds (Simon Holoweiko, conductor) - 15 December 2020
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Tyler Strickland, conductor) - 10 December 2020
  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) University Wind Ensemble (David Roush, conductor) - 4 December 2020
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Missal, conductor) - 19 November 2020
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing) Wind Symphony (Rebekah Daniel, conductor) - 30 September 2020
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band Chamber Winds (Richard Frey, conductor) - 1 February 2019

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