One of Ravel’s earliest works, Jeux d’Eau was written for solo Piano in 1901. It is dedicated to Gabriel Fauré, under whom Ravel was studying at the time. The title can be variously translated as Fountains or Water Games. It was inspired by a piece by Lizst of the same name.
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) is often considered, after the death of Debussy in 1918, to be the leading French composer of the 1920s and 30s. Earlier in his career, he had caused consternation in the highly conservative pre-war French musical establishment, with his unmistakable and highly original style.