The performance of Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin" based on the analysis of performance practices, interpretative aspects, and technical challenges

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)


Music Performance

First Committee Member

Ivan Davis - Committee Chair


The focus of this project is the performance of Maurice Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin. Its purpose is to provide interested performers with a clear understanding of the work's rationale, and an approach to learning and performing the work which will promote an authentic, accomplished and credible performance.The study makes use of the multi-faceted opportunities available in the lecture recital format. In addition to the research outlined in the script, the author incorporated a power point slide presentation (copies included with this document), audio excerpts from CD performances, live demonstrations on harpsichord and piano, and a live performance of the complete Le Tombeau de Couperin (all included on the DVD which accompanies this document).The script includes brief biographical sketches of Ravel and Couperin, followed by the three research topics of performance practices, interpretative aspects and technical challenges. Through these research topics the keyboard works of Ravel and Couperin, in general, and Le Tombeau de Couperin in particular, are examined historically, compositionally, formally, stylistically, interpretatively and technically. The power point slide presentation serves to ground the listener visually in the content of the lecture and to enhance the lecture's content at times. The CD audio excerpts and live demonstrations are greatly beneficial in illustrating any and all details relating to compositional or stylistic features, performance practices and instrument development. Finally, the live performance of the complete Le Tombeau de Couperin, and its audio/video documentation on DVD, validates the study's research findings.**This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation). The CD requires the following system requirements: Windows MediaPlayer or RealPlayer.



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