(9.) Maurice Ravel
, Valses nobles et sentimentales for Piano Solo, ed.
Nichols's first two paragraphs end respectively: "The apparently laudable desire to go back to what the composer originally wrote needs therefore to be tempered with a certain amount of common sense." and "in the course of conversations with a number of composers of our own time, I am given overwhelmingly to understand that they would actually be angry if future editors ignored their carefully prepared printed scores and went hack automatically to their original autographs for a so-called true reading" (Roger Nichols, "Ravel's Piano Music--A New Edition," in Maurice Ravel
, Gaspard de la nail [London: Edition Peters, 19911, 3).
These Reflections give us a splendid insight into the life and music of Maurice Ravel
.--Reviewed by David Northington, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
, above, who composed Bolero, famously performed to by Torvill and Dean
arranged it, in slightly altered form, for orchestra in 1922, and that is the version that is most often performed today.
He retired from that post in January, but is still involved with the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel
in Levallois, a music school with students ranging from 5 years old to adult.
George Fu, 16, played works by Tan Dun, Johann Sebastian Bach and Maurice Ravel
. His encore, the 3rd movement from Gargoyles by Lowell Liebermann, captivated the audience, which rewarded him with applause.
The individuals Butler has chosen to focus on are philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), novelist Victor Hugo (1802-1885), impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926), composer Maurice Ravel
(1875-1937), fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971), President Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), and ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997)
The music of Maurice Ravel
is among the most poetic, imaginative, impressionistic ever written.
To be sure, the dancers manage ballet technique well, as noted in the friezelike bourrees on pointe of the silhouetted ballerinas in Australian choreographer Meryl Tankard's take on Maurice Ravel
's Bolero (1998), currently in the repertoire.
The immense sociability of the young Bonnard and his active role in Parisian intellectual life, his friendships with Toulouse-Lautrec, Odilon Redon, Maurice Ravel
, Alfred Jarry, his work in the theater and as an applied designer - all this drains away.