Maurice Ravel: A Guide to Research

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Criticism

CRITICISM BY RAVEL
R1.Ravel, Maurice. “Les Polonaises, les Nocturnes, les Impromptus, la Barcarolle — Impressions.” Le Courrier musical 13, no. 1 (1 January 1910): 31–32.

In a commemorative issue dedicated to Chopin, Ravel expresses great devotion and admiration for the composer’s gifts (especially those of harmony, where no amount of training or “craft” will substitute for inspiration). Consider, too, his incomparable powers of “arrière-pensée,” rejuvenation of the dance, and the mysterious apotheosis of the Barcarolle, a truly extraordinary work. Consider, however, Orenstein’s reservations about some of this notice via archival research. Reprinted in Orenstein, 1989 (French; item B69, pp. 291–293) and 1990 (English; item B70, pp. 335–337).

R2.________. “À la Rédaction du Figaro.” Le Figaro (17 May 1911).

In a public letter two days before the premiere of L’Heure espagnole, Ravel attempts to clarify his intentions; he seeks a renewal of the Italian opera-buffa, invoking Mussorgsky and (especially) humor in musical style (perhaps anticipating a bit of the controversy surrounding the topical matter of the work; see interviews with Bizet [item R22] and, the week before, with Tenroc [item R21]). Reprinted in Orenstein, 1989 (item B69, p. 118) and 1990 (item B70, pp. 124–25); Marnat, 1990 (item E215, p. 15).

R3.________. “Concerts Lamoureux.” S.I.M. Revue musicale 8, no. 2 (15 February 1912): 62–63.

Ravel’s first of several articles for the S.I.M. journal, beginning rather pointedly with the question of why criticism is so rarely entrusted to “professionals.” A brief stylistic encomium to Liszt follows — all are indebted to him, for better or worse — as well as an appreciation of works by Pierre de Bréville and Chausson (Poème de l’amour et de la mer), the latter triumphing somehow despite its

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Routledge Music Bibliographies ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vi
  • Contents ix
  • Part I - Contexts 1
  • Biographical Essay 3
  • Historical Chronology 21
  • Part II - Literature 37
  • Books and Monographs 39
  • Collective Volumes 93
  • Essays, Chapters, and Contributions within Books, Monographs, and Singular Collective Volumes 103
  • Articles and Contributions within Journals or Periodicals 175
  • Part III - Sources 217
  • Criticism 219
  • Correspondence 309
  • Music 317
  • Indexes 375
  • Author Index 377
  • Proper Names Index 387
  • Works Index 401
  • Subject Index 405
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