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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I am a huge fan of Ravel's music and I wanted to find out more about him than his wikipedia article offered. In addition to a fairly thorough biography, this book has many rare photos of him from his ...
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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