May 3, 2023

About the Author: Celine Gaurier-Joubert

Founder of The London Piano Institute, Celine Gaurier-Joubert is a concert pianist and one of the world’s leading experts on piano education for adults.

In a nutshell:

  • The Piano Concerto for the Left Hand was composed by Maurice Ravel.
  • It was written in the 1920s for Paul Wittgenstein, an Austrian pianist who lost his right arm in WWI.
  • The piece is notable for using a single hand, creating a unique sound, and is considered a 20th-century masterpiece, often performed by virtuoso pianists globally.

Music, I feel, must be emotional first and intellectual second. We should always remember that sensitiveness and emotion constitute the real content of a work of art. I did my work slowly, drop by drop. I tore it out of me by pieces – Maurice Ravel

About the piece:

The Piano Concerto for the Left Hand is a notable composition by the French composer Maurice Ravel. The piece is a challenging and virtuosic work that showcases Ravel’s innovative approach to harmony, melody, and orchestration. The concerto is notable for its use of a single hand, which creates a unique sound that sets it apart from other piano concertos. The piece is often regarded as a masterpiece of 20th-century classical music and is performed regularly by virtuoso pianists worldwide.

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