Piano Concerto in G by Maurice Ravel : The performance preparation process in the context of various influences on the performer

University essay from Kungl. Musikhögskolan/Institutionen för klassisk musik

Abstract: In this study, I do a research on my own ways and the influences that helped me to prepare Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G interpretation and performance. Is it an intuition, inspiration from a recording or something I have learned in a master- class. I went through Ravels’ piano music to see the development of the interpretation that blossomed into the Concerto. I looked at the preparation process that I did on my own, then together with the second pianist and at the end with the conductor. I have described my feelings after the performance as well as looked into different recordings of famous artists. The various influences are hard to measure since the artistic process is always under a constant change and development but looking closer to the sources of inspiration made me realize that everything I have experienced in connection to Ravel’s music has influenced my understanding and interpretation of the Concerto, most of all the master-classes with J.Hlinka, P.Roberts and M.Sturfält.

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