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Ravel

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This new biography of Maurice Ravel (1875–1937), by one of the leading scholars of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French music, is based on a wealth of written and oral evidence, some newly translated and some derived from interviews with the composer’s friends and associates. As well as describing the circumstances in which Ravel composed, the book explores new evidenc ...more
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Yale University Press (first published June 1977)
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Dec 28, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
Hard to better as a biography and introduction to Ravel's music. I've read this in conjunction with listening to the music chronologically. Luckily I had most of his output already but it has been a delight to listen to some unknown works - mainly earlier piano pieces like 'Serenade Grotesque' and 'Entre Cloches', his first orchestral piece the Sheherazade Overture, but also most importantly the opera 'L'Heure Espagnole'.

Ravel seems a very admirable character, under his reserved persona someone
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