Ravel has penned the opening six notes from his piece "Ma mère l'oye " ["Mother Goose] in dark fountain pen ink. He adds an inscription and signs in full, "Maurice Ravel." Neatly laid down to an album page. Slight wrinkling to upper card otherwise in very fine condition. Scarce in this format.
Maurice Ravel wrote "Mother Goose" as a piano duet for two young piano students, Mimi and Jean Godebski, the children of his close friends Cipa and Ida Godebski. They were a Polish family living in Paris and originally friends of Ravel's father. Ravel often stayed at their country house near Fontainebleau, and it was here that he completed his composition of "Ma mère l'oye" for Mimie and Jean. Ravel intended that the two children would give the work's first performance, but they did not debut the piano duet in April 20,1910. The piece was transcribed for solo piano by Ravel's friend Jacques Charlot the same year as it was published (1910).