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Ravel Hardcover – Jun 7 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (June 7 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300108826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300108828
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 898 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,038,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An excellent new biography of Ravel by Roger Nichols makes clear his ambiguous and fluctuating relation to full-fledged avant-garde modernism. The book is the most nearly complete and inclusive account of his life and work."—Charles Rosen, The New York Review of Books
(Charles Rosen The New York Review of Books)

"Mr. Nichols writes perceptively about Ravel's personality and how it shaped his music, and about the earlier works' influence on later compositions. . . . One leaves Mr. Nichols's Ravel with a sense of the author's deep insight as well as Ravel's."—James Penrose, The New Criterion
(James Penrose The New Criterion)

“[A] landmark work.”—Chester Lane, SymphonyNOW
(Chester Lane SymphonyNOW)

"Includes exhaustive notes, a ten-page bibliography, a superb chronology of Ravel's life, and a complete catalog of his works. Highly recommended."—R. Pitts, Choice
(R. Pitts Choice)

“Nichols . . . enriches our understanding of [a] compositional titan.”—Chester Lane, SymphonyNOW
(Chester Lane SymphonyNOW)

“Ravel could not have hoped to be evaluated by a more elegant stylist.”—R. J. Stove, American Conservative
(R.J. Stove American Conservative)

“Roger Nichols’s new book bids fair to be the best-ever biography of Ravel in English.” —Mark DeVoto, Notes
(Mark DeVoto Notes 2013-03-25)

About the Author

Roger Nichols is the author of The Life of Debussy and The Harlequin Years: Music in Paris 1917–1929. He has edited most of Ravel’s piano music for Peters Edition of London.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Gripping, readable, informative. April 10 2012
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Format: Hardcover
Roger Nichols biography of Ravel nearly sets a standard for its genre. Ravel is placed in his cultural milieu and his career and life then followed. Nichols writes well enough that one is carried forward as if reading a novel, but simultaneously he exhibits impeccable scholarship and a balanced approach. I needed to flesh out my understanding of the composer's life for a musical project that I had undertaken -- I had no idea I would take so much pleasure in the reading of it while being so well informed. Bravo!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
mind that creatred a remarkable series of compositions. Readers Dec 9 2011
By radames - Published on
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An excellent and much needed English-language biography. The author shows a wide understanding of Ravel's complex life and the musical world of his time, and an intimate understanding of the compositions. The reader will need some knowledge of the components of musical composition to comprehend the descriptions of specific works.
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This was not purchased for me. My grandson requested it, and he is very very happy and plans to purchase more.