JEFFREY CHAPPELL - PIANIST
Jeux d’Eau by Ravel
From the April 6, 2009 solo recital at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. “Jeux” literally means “games”, and “d’eau” means “of water”. This could be translated as "the playing of water" and the piece is sometimes called “The Fountain(s)” or “Water Games”, although Ravel said that he was inspired by the sound of waterfalls, brooks, and water spraying. An inscription at the top of the score says, “The god of the rivers laughs from the water which tickles him.” Maurice Ravel dedicated the piece to his teacher, Gabriel Fauré. At three points, Ravel wrote the lowest note on the piano, an A, when it is preceded by the two G#s above it. Because I am playing a Bösendorfer piano with extra keys in the bass, I sound the low G# instead of A at 2:59, 3:20, and 3:30.