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The Cambridge Companion to Ravel

The Cambridge Companion to Ravel

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Deborah Mawer, Barbara L. Kelly, Robert Orledge, Roy Howat, Mark DeVoto, Michael Russ, Peter Kaminsky, Richard Langham Smith, Ronald Woodley, Roger Nichols
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  • Date Published: August 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521648561

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  • This Companion provides a comprehensive introduction to the life, music and compositional aesthetic of French composer Maurice Ravel (1875SH1937). Leading international scholars offer a powerful reassessment of this most private and elusive musician, examining his work in detail within its cultural context. Marking the 125th anniversary of Ravel's birth, the volume explores the full range of his work--piano repertory, chamber works, orchestral music, ballets, songs and operas--and concludes by analyzing the performance and reception of his music, including previously untranslated reviews.

    • Comprehensive, accessible introduction to Ravel, viewing his work in context (Eg Comparisons with other composers)
    • Strong musical coverage, new perspectives and research, including previously untranslated reviews
    • Marks the 125th anniversary of Ravel's birth
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    "Mawer's excellent volume brings together essays by leading international Ravel scholars...One expects only the highest quality scholarship from Cambridge, and this book certainly fulfills that promise." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521648561
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 84 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Chronology of Ravel's life and career
    Note on the text
    Introduction Deborah Mawer
    Part I. Cultural and Aesthetic:
    1. History and homage Barbara L. Kelly
    2. Evocations of exoticism Robert Orledge
    3. Musical objects and machines Deborah Mawer
    Part II. Musical Explorations:
    4. Ravel and the piano Roy Howat
    5. Harmony in the chamber music Mark DeVoto
    6. Ravel and the orchestra Michael Russ
    7. Ballet and the apotheosis of the dance Deborah Mawer
    8. Vocal music and the lures of exoticism and irony Peter Kaminsky
    9. Ravel's operatic spectacles: L'Heure and L'Enfant Richard Langham Smith
    Part III. Performance and Reception:
    10. Performing Ravel: style and practice in early recordings Ronald Woodley
    11. Ravel and the twentieth century Roger Nichols
    Appendix: Early reception of Ravel's music (1899–1939) Roger Nichols and Deborah Mawer
    Select bibliography
    Index of names and works.

  • Editor

    Deborah Mawer, Lancaster University


    Deborah Mawer, Barbara L. Kelly, Robert Orledge, Roy Howat, Mark DeVoto, Michael Russ, Peter Kaminsky, Richard Langham Smith, Ronald Woodley, Roger Nichols

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