Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Edited by Nancy Bricard. For Piano. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Alfred Masterwork Edition. Impressionistic; Masterwork. Advanced. Book. 64 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (AP.16807).
ISBN 0739063812. Impressionistic; Masterwork.
This major 20th-century Neoclassical work is Ravel's last work for piano solo. A tombeau is a lament, and each of the six movements is intended as a musical epitaph to friends lost in the war. The difficulty found here, especially in the "Toccata," is understood when one learns that Ravel studied Liszt's transcendental etudes in preparations for writing the suite. The meticulously researched stylistic information and clear, accurate text of this performing edition will prove to be invaluable to the advanced pianist.
Location: from San Juan Capistrano CA
January 21, 2009
Best available edition
If you are considering learning (or relearning) Ravel's great masterwork, you can't do better than this scholarly and practical edition. The editor, Nancy Bricard, is a pianist and teacher who specializes in the French repertoire, and this shows in her careful and resourceful fingerings and pedallings. She offers some minor...
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Location: from Zurich, Switzerland
P. Phillip Cooley
Location: from Muncie, IN
May 15, 2008
Detail and Fingerings
Marvelous background information on the piece and on Ravel. The fingerings are for the most part great and help with the phrasing and musicality. Some fingerings a little odd and while they make some passages more easily played, they change the musical idea.
26 of 47 people found this review helpful.
Location: from CA