Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Gaspard de la nuit: I. Ondine by Maurice Ravel, performed by Martha Argerich
I was listening to music on iTunes (a long list of purchased classical music, all sorts) the other night, laying in bed. This piece came on and, for no reason, it hit me in a way it never had before. But I was too tired to get up and see what it was. The next morning I sat down at the computer and looked down the list for likely suspects. About half-way through, there were pieces from a Prokofiev compilation of two piano concertos that also included a couple of pieces from Ravel. I was pretty sure it was in there somewhere, so I went through the pieces one at a time. I was correct, but, surprisingly, it was written by Ravel, not Prokofiev. This is the first of three parts comprising Gaspard de la nuit …
I recommend letting YouTube keep playing music after Ondine ends. Ravel’s Scarbo is next.
From the Wikipedia:
The name “Gaspard” is derived from its original Persian form, denoting “the man in charge of the royal treasures”: “Gaspard of the Night” or the treasurer of the night thus creates allusions to someone in charge of all that is jewel-like, dark, mysterious, perhaps even morose
Of the work, Ravel himself said: “Gaspard has been a devil in coming, but that is only logical since it was he who is the author of the poems. My ambition is to say with notes what a poet expresses with words.”
Originally published November 14, 2015.