Event Title

Evocations of Childhood in the Music of Ravel

Presenter Information

Andrew Wise, Oberlin College

Location

Science Center, A154

Document Type

Presentation

Start Date

4-26-2013 1:30 PM

End Date

4-26-2013 2:30 PM

Abstract

Maurice Ravel's Ma mere l'oye (1910), Trois Chansons (1916), and L'enfant et les sortilèges (1925), written before, during, and after the Great War, respectively, evoke distinct representations of childhood and fantasy. In this project, I explore how and why these ideas are presented and changed from one piece to the next through musical and biographical analysis. Ravel's ideals of childhood and obsession with toys influence many of his compositions. These three pieces are selected to provide an insight into how the Great War shaped Ravel's idealized vision of childhood.

Notes

Session I, Panel 1: Modal Fanaticism / Infantile Fantasy: Experimentation and Expression in Musical Forms
Moderator: Rebecca Leydon, Associate Professor of Music Theory

Major

Musical Studies

Advisor(s)

Steven Plank, Musicology

Project Mentor(s)

Paul Cox, Musicology

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Evocations of Childhood in the Music of Ravel

Science Center, A154

Maurice Ravel's Ma mere l'oye (1910), Trois Chansons (1916), and L'enfant et les sortilèges (1925), written before, during, and after the Great War, respectively, evoke distinct representations of childhood and fantasy. In this project, I explore how and why these ideas are presented and changed from one piece to the next through musical and biographical analysis. Ravel's ideals of childhood and obsession with toys influence many of his compositions. These three pieces are selected to provide an insight into how the Great War shaped Ravel's idealized vision of childhood.