Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
The two 'Jeux d'eau'
pieces by Maurice Ravel and Franz Liszt have
much in common. Ravel dedicated his 'Jeaux d'eau' (1911) to his friend
Gabriel Fauré, but was inspired by the Liszt 'Les jeux d'eau à la Villa
d'Este' from the 3rd volume 'Anneés de Pélerinage'. In Ravel's piece
the gods of the rivers are laughing about the water which is tickling.
Ravel makes the water roar, undulate, twinkle and sparkle. In Liszt
we find a related theme: Water as the Source of Eternal Life, after
a Biblical quote from John. The many fountains, pools, cascades and
brooks near the Villa d'Este in Tivoli are even today an exciting touristic
attraction. Liszt depicts these in a brilliant virtuoso style, which
makes one easily stray off from the water towards the Magnitude of the
Creation. Both works form a rich source of both harmonical and pianotechnical
- Les jeux d'eau à la Villa d'Este (Liszt)