Gaspard de la nuit (Trois poèmes pour piano d'après Aloysius Bertrand)
Gaspard de la nuit (subtitled Trois poèmes pour piano d'après Aloysius Bertrand), M. 55 is a suite of piano pieces by Maurice Ravel, written in 1908. It has three movements, each based on a poem or fantaisie from the collection Gaspard de la Nuit — Fantaisies à la manière de Rembrandt et de Callot completed in 1836 by Aloysius Bertrand. The work was premiered in Paris, on January 9, 1909, by Ricardo Viñes.
The piece is famous for its difficulty, partly because Ravel intended the Scarbo movement to be more difficult than Balakirev's Islamey. Because of its technical challenges and profound musical structure, Scarbo is considered one of the most difficult solo piano pieces in the standard repertoire.
The manuscript currently resides in the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin.
Performances & Interviews
- Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuithttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01snnqb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01snnqb.jpg2014-05-11T10:54:00.000ZStephen Johnson considers the piano music of Maurice Ravel.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01yx4k1
Ravel: Gaspard de la NuitStephen Johnson considers the piano music of Maurice Ravel.