Ludovico Einaudi: Le Onde

Books | Piano

Publisher: Ricordi
Composer: Ludovico Einaudi
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album
Solo Piano work written in 1996 by the acclaimed Milanese composer. Einaudi writes "The idea of Le Onde was to write something inspired by Virginia Woolf's novel The Waves. I was really intrigued by the form of the novel, which is very complex and interesting because some parts are written in italics and others in normal text. The parts in italics are like a cadence running through the book. The book is a description of what people see during one day, starting from the light of the morning and by the end of the book night has fallen. Every time the italic chapters come back, you see a different change of light on what's happening on the shore."

He started writing all the pieces for Le Onde inspired by this idea, but reached a point when he felt there was still a piece lacking from the overall picture. "I said 'yes, it's missing Le Onde', which had in its opening the cadence of a wave. The idea was that the music flowed and was developing by itself, from the opening arpeggio, like when you see a wave developing in its space, it's developing because it has to. It's perpetual motion."
ISBN: 9790041369600
Skill Level: Intermediate Explain this
Published on: 30 May 2000
No of pages: 68
Language: English, Italian
Catalogue No: ER136960

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        Scores 9.4 out of 10 based on 5 reviews
        10 out of 10


        Wigan GB classical music nut
        The music was for my friend's grandson who had just passed his grade 8 piano exam with distinction.
        He is delighted with it as he is a big Einaudi fan.
        None - he loves it.
        Confirmed purchase: 22 July 2014
        Published on: 30 October 2014
        10 out of 10


        Scarborough GB I am a Musician
        It's a great product.
        Confirmed purchase: 04 September 2014
        Published on: 18 September 2014
        8 out of 10


        Somerset GB
        The sheet music is clearly printed and easy to read.
        Confirmed purchase: 12 December 2013
        Published on: 25 June 2014

        Musicroom Reviews

        Very popular with 14 year-old pianists! Uninteresting to teach this music as it is so repetitive but pleasant to play and listen to.
        Anonymous - (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
        Beautiful, minimalist music with haunting melodies. Especially "Le Onde", which was recently used on TV for the John Lewis advert. It looks a bit difficult to start with, but with practice it is worth it, and the tunes themselves provide the motivation to persevere. The only reason I've given it 4 stars is because the whole set is now available in "The best of Ludovici Einaudi" together with 2 other albums, and that is better value.
        Mel Anderson - (Bristol, United Kingdom)
        Sublime- Le Onde is truly the most stunning composition I have heard and played recently. So simple yet so expressive. So subtle yet so powerful. A must have in every pianist's repertoire!
        Nick - (Unsworth)
        De jolies mélodies lentes, assez accessibles, qui me rappellent parfois les œuvres pour piano de Philip Glass.
        Anonymous - (Perpignan, France)
        The book of music is beautiful - I bought it as a Christmas present for my grand daughter, on the recommendation of her piano teacher. The package was well-packed and arrived very quickly. I am very pleased with the transaction and will certainly be back again.
        Anonymous - (Southport, United Kingdom)
        This is the best piano playing ever. It is both exhilarating and restful. Very cleverly written. He is obviously enjoying himself and will inspire every pianist who listens. Truly brilliant!
        Sheila Douglas - (Thirsk, N Yorkshire)
        I love Le Onde piano book and of course my favourite piece has to be Le Onde. It's fairly easy to play and everybody who has listened to it, loves it and asks me to play it again. Most of the songs are difficult but I can play Le Onde and I'm only 15 and never had a piano lesson! Much advised to all!
        Jas - (Horley, United Kingdom)
        I heard Ludovico Einaudi's music today, played by my teacher and found the reason for me being so appreciative of solo piano music. Le Onde has some truly amazing pieces, very expressive, that will enhance any pianists repertoire. Truly inspirational.
        James King - ()
        I was extremely impressed with the efficiency and speed with which the product was dispatched and delivered. The product arrived in immmaculate condition. The book itself is a wonderful collection of some of the most moving music I have had the pleasure of playing. I would thoroughly recommend the product and's services to anyone.
        Anonymous - (Durham, United Kingdom)
        This is the finest piece of piano music I have heard for a long long time, Ludovic Einaudi has supreme talent. I am a novice on the piano and I still managed to play this calming and flowing piece of music- a wonder to behold.
        Thomas - (Hamill)
        When I have previously bought the sheet music for albums of this kind there have always been poor tracks, however, this is untrue with Le Onde. It is filled with haunting flowing melodies. BRILLIANT!!!!!!
        piano man - (bolton, United Kingdom)
        Amazing - I love this book, I heard "Le Onde" on a CD of it and just had to buy the book. A Definite must have is the CD to go with the book, I play along with it so I can get the tempo right. It's incredible the music he comes out with even though it is minimalistic. I played "Le Onde" first but try out the second last one "Sotto Vento" and the really complicated looking one "Onde Corte" there are really good. I found them hard to play at first but once you get going you will be fine. The great thing about these pieces they are so simple that you can go weeks without practice and still play them and they still sound amazing.
        Cat - ()
        What can be said about this book? I don't know because no words I think of come even close to giving it the credit it deserves, but if I were to try I would have to say deceptively simple. Every piece is incredibly relaxing and a joy to play, yet simple. Perfect for any occasion, it will not disappoint.
        Sean Frain - (Sheffield)
        The one word that springs to mind abut this title is 'FANTASTIC'. I don't usually play classical titles but i heard the piece Le Onde on an advert and had to buy the song book. Each and every composition from Ludovico in this title contrast one and other perfectly. I recommend this 100%!!!!!!!
        Anonymous - (Sompting, United Kingdom)
        This piece of music was truly inspirational. I have found that, although only of intermediate level myself, this piece was simly flowing and so calming. Words cannot describe how playing this piece makes me feel. A wonderful, simple, just perfect piece of music.
        Vicki - (Wales)
        Students seem to be really keen on this sort of music at the moment, especially GCSE students. It's a good book.
        Anonymous - (Hailsham, United Kingdom)
        This selection of scores has to be the best yet! I have so enjoyed playing these pieces. I used Le Onde for my GCSE performance and a concert in aid of the tsunami, I felt that it was a very apt piece for the occasion and it was thoroughly enjoyed in Malmesbury Abbey where the melody echoed and created a thought provoking ambience.
        Anonymous - (Malmesbury - Wiltshire)
        Truly spiritual beautiful music. Einaudi makes you feel exactly how he wants, pulling your emotions all over the place. Moving if you are sad, uplifting if you are happy. Makes me wish I could play the piano!
        Anonymous - (Guernsey, United Kingdom)
        Nice cover presentation. My favourite music. Great composer and great to be able to play his music.
        Anonymous - (Swindon, United Kingdom)
        I heard Ludovico Einaudi's music today, played by my teacher, and found the reason why I am so appreciative of solo piano music. Le Onde has some truly amazing pieces, very expressive, that will enhance any pianists repertoire. Truly inspirational.
        Anonymous - ()
        A fabulous set of piano scores. I'm glad that previous reviewers have described Einaudi's work as 'minimalist' rather than 'simple' (a term I have seen used elsewhere). It is very easy to classify albums such as Le Onde and I Giorni as easy listening music, as the ear is deceived by the simplicity of the chords and cadences into thinking that ease of listening equates to simplicity of composition. But this is not the case - Einaudi is a master of understatement, and playing from the scores (gratifyingly, always an accurate representation of the original pieces) reveals the hidden complexity of the music and the amount of care that has been taken to produce exactly the right sounds and emotions in the most direct way possible.
        weirdbeard - (Wiltshire, UK)
        This album is amazing I listen to every day since I got it for christmas. Well worth the money you spend. This guy has such talent and the music is so peaceful.
        Paul Warren - (Bath UK)
        séduite par la musique de Ludovico einodi, j'ai souhaité (en toute modestie, n'étant pas une pianiste confirmée) retrouvé le plaisir éprouvé en concert. certains morceaux demandent une grande dextérité, mais certains sont tout à fait abordables; je suis très satisfaite de mon achat.
        Anonymous - (Saint leu la foret, France)
        Absolutely incredible. The pieces are truly beautiful and yet so simple to play. I loved them all although my favourites have to be Le Onde and Lontano. Every piece brings me joy to play and the book is a must-buy for any pianist who enjoys real music.
        Anonymous - ()
        I think Le Onde is one of the best Piano pieces ever written. I really enjoy playing it. Ludovico is an outstanding composer and must continue writing such good music!
        Lana - (England)
        I heard the CD and immediately wanted to play the music, although relatively simply arranged and quite easy to play it creates an atmosphere and is very effective. I would recommend this book to any Einaudi fans or budding pianists.
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