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Ma Mère l'Oye - Duets!
#1586201 12/29/10 04:07 AM
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My teacher and I have been discussing duets lately, and it made me remember the Ravel 'ma mere l'oye' cinq pieces enfatines. Really lovely pieces- but not virtuostic, and perhaps, just maybe accessible to a late intermediate student. (!)(?) Some of it appears to be quite challenging, or least it sounds as if it would be (especially the third and fifth pieces, 'laidronette' and 'jardin feerique') but the 'pavane de la belle au bois dormant' seems as if it would be a good place to start...

Anyone know of some other interesting duets?

Or does anyone else have experience with this duet? Best movement to start with? Thoughts? Technical Hurdles? Is it considered more advanced than intermediate?

Anything smile Please Discuss.


(I am hesitant about asking my teacher about duets if they are ludicrously unrealistic blush for a mere intermediate student... As I will then recieve the evil eye and skeptic eyebrow-- scary stuff, eek!)

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Well, among the French composers of that era, the best-known pieces are Debussy's Petite Suite, Faure's Dolly Suite, Bizet's Children's Games, and the Ravel. The Debussy is probably the easiest, and the rest are challenging at times. If you have not done much ensemble playing before, it is best to start at a level that is easier than your solo playing, as playing with someone else has its own difficulties.

There are, of course, lots of other duets, from the English Renaissance to the present. Mozart, Schubert, Dvorak, and Moszkowsky contributed quite a bit to the literature, but most famous composers wrote at least some duets, or arranged other works for duet. In the days before recordings, if an orchestra did not play something, the only other way to hear it was to play it yourself, or with friends.


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