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This is an auction for RAVEL REMEMBERED by Roger Nichols.

"Composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was an intensely private man who revealed his true character only to intimate friends. Nichols, co-author of The New Grove 20th Century French Masters, here assembles memoirs written by some of them: Stravinsky, Milhaud, Poulenc, Colette, Cocteau, pianist Marguerite Long, violinist Helene Jourdan-Morhange, among others. We learn little of Ravel's methods of composition, about which he was secretive, but we get to know the man. He could be cold and sarcastic to strangers, but he was an affectionate and loyal friend, a humorous and fanciful companion whose charm, absentmindedness and childlike imagination endeared him to those who gained his trust. Much of the magic one feels in his music comes across in these reminiscences. A chronology of the composer's life and works is included, together with lists of contemporaneous events in history and the arts."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Amazon.com review:

"If you want to know more about Ravel as a person, this collection of anecdotes from those who knew him is both interesting and valuable. The book begins with a chronology of events in Ravel's life (and major world events along the way so the reader can coordinate where Ravel's life fits in). There are then chapters on various topics such as Ravel's youth, on composing, about various works, as a teacher, a performer, as a friend, and his last years. There are also many very interesting photographs of those whose stories are included as well as those of the composer alone and with his contemporaries. Ravel was a very private man and this book can help us get to know him a bit. Enjoy!"

Large format (trade) paperback 1987.

283 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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