This is one of the hardest pieces in the world – but this virtuoso makes it look *effortless*

19 August 2016, 14:47

Yuja Wang Ravel Gaspard de la Nuit

One top pianist has said playing this piece is “like having to solve endless quadratic equations in my head”. Yuja Wang makes it look as easy as three blind mice.

When Ravel wrote his fiendishly difficult Gaspard de la Nuit he set out to make it one of the most challenging pieces ever written (thanks, Maurice).

It’s inspired by a poem about a sprite or goblin of the night and the movement that causes nightmares for pianists everywhere is the third, called ‘Scarbo’.

Pianist Steven Osborne – a Ravel expert – has called the music “eerie, hectic and disturbed” and said trying to play it is like “having to solve endless quadratic equations in my head.”

It’s moments like this that are particularly… troublesome:Ravel Gaspard de la nuit score

 

And this:

Ravel Gaspard de la nuit score 

Which makes it all the more impressive that Yuja Wang plays it without any apparent effort.

Yuja Wang plays Scarbo from Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit

Queen Yuja

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WE BOW TO QUEEN YUJA

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