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Gaspard de la nuitPiano
3468. Time: 22'00.Inspired by three poems from Aloysius Bertrand's book(?) Gaspard de la Nuit. Ondine appears in Livre 3, no.9; Le gibet in the "compléments" at the end; and Scarbo in Livre 3, no.2 and in "compléments".
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Gaspard de la nuit: Trois poèmes pour piano d'après Aloysius Bertrand is a piece for solo piano by Maurice Ravel. It has three movements, each based on a poem by Aloysius Bertrand. The work was premiered on January 9, 1909 in Paris by Ricardo Viñes.
The piece is famous for its incredible difficulty, partly due to the fact that Ravel intended the Scarbo movement to be more difficult than Balakirev's Islamey. Because of its technical difficulty and profound musical structure, it is popularly considered to be one of the most difficult solo piano pieces in the standard repertoire.
The name Gaspard is derived from its original Persian form, denoting the man in charge of the royal treasures: "Gaspard of the Night" or the treasurer of the night thus creates allusions to someone in charge of all that is jewel-like, dark, mysterious, perhaps even morose."
Marius Constant orchestrated the piece in 1988.
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