Kids' Commute: Mother Goose Suite - The Enchanted Garden

May 22, 2015

This week on the Kids’ Commute, we’re exploring the Mother Goose Suite, by Maurice Ravel. We’ll hear David Ogden Stiers narrate some of the text from the stories of Mother Goose, and get to listen to the music associated with each story...Sleeping Beauty, Tom Thumb, Beauty and the Beast, and more! 

So, are you ready for some stories? 

French composer Maurice Ravel wrote the Mother Goose Suite in 1910. 

He took several fairy tales, and then wrote the related music not for children to just listen to, but to perform. The suite of music was originally written as a piano duet for two children named Mimi and Jean, ages 6 and 7.


The Enchanted Garden is not so much based on one specific fairy tale, as it is simply a description of a beautiful fairy garden. So, when you listen to today’s music, imagine looking at a wonderful garden, and wondering if there are magical things hiding in it throughout.

Listen to David Ogden Stiers narrate a portion of The Enchanted Garden, as he tells us “The Garden dwells in us all, and will as long as we allow our hearts to hear it’s song. 

Does your heart hear The Enchanted Garden’s song?

Music piece for today:
The Enchanted Garden by Maurice Ravel, performed by Nina Flyer, and Chie Nagatani

Have a look at this music video of The Enchanted Garden...

Listen to the Kids’ Commute live on Classical IPR every weekday morning at 7:40am or listen to the archived episode at the top of the post.