He is remembered in the United States primarily for the rather banal repetitions of Bolero, but Maurice Ravel wrote a great deal of music more worthy of celebration: ballets like Ma Mere l'Oye (Mother Goose) and Daphnis et Chloe; orchestral and piano works like Pavane pour une Infante Defunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess) and the Rapsodie Espagnole; operas like L'Enfant et les Sortileges (The Child and the Enchantments); and settings of Greek and Jewish songs. British author and critic Gerald Larner offers a well-researched, well-written, accessible biography of Ravel's life and compositions that explores his music and his motivations, a part of the Phaidon Press Limited 20th Century Composers series.
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Review: Maurice RavelUser Review - Daniel Millward - Goodreads
Although I am no classical music aficianado, I love Ravel's works, in particular his long compositions for solo piano, I found it very enlightening to read about the texts and inspirations that he ... Read full review
Review: Maurice RavelUser Review - Carol - Goodreads
This biography of Ravel provided a good introduction to his life and music. However, both Ravel and his music remain somewhat of a cipher to me. I do like a lot of Ravel's music, particularly his ... Read full review