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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (23 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300187769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300187762
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'An insightful biography.' (Michael Downes, Times Literary Supplement) 'A quite superb book, simply entitled Ravel, written by the Englishman who knows his work better than any other, Roger Nichols.' (Simon Heffer, The Sunday Telegraph) 'reliable and agreeably readable.' (Norman Lebrecht, New Statesman) 'To anyone with a special interest in Ravel, this book will be essential reading... Surely the composer's most comprehensive and authoritative English-language biography.' (Daniel Snowman, Literary Review) 'A compelling new biography unravels the mysteries surrounding Ravel... Mysterious to the end, the fascination of its subject remains fresh throughout this thorough and sympathetic account.' (Robert Maycock, BBC Music Magazine)"

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GNH on 6 Aug 2014
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I doubt there is a more comprehensive analysis out there of the life and work of Maurice Ravel, so it deserves five stars for that alone. The only thing is that it is a bit hard going in places - at least for someone like me who has a great interest in the man and his music, but who doesn't have a deep knowledge of music theory. So it needs to be approached as if you're reading an academic work, not a best-selling biography. That's not a criticism, just an observation for the unwary!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Downs on 7 Dec 2012
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This is a very thorough and thoughtful analysis of the life and work of Maurice Ravel, probably the best of its kind produced to date. To be generally recommended, certainly to people seriously interested in this great composer.
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It is an excellent and exhaustive work 27 Sep 2014
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This is a scholarly work with 357 pages of text followed by 72 pages of references, index, chronology, and notes. It is an excellent and exhaustive work, but not an easy read for me. It includes numerous fragments of musical scores that are parsed and compared to Debussy and other composers. These parts go right over my head since I do not read music, but this feature would likely entrance professional musicians who probably should read Nichols bio of Ravel. His text also defines Ravel's friends, his family's frequent home address changes, and myriad trivia I had't read in two previous Ravel bios. I was stunned at the way Ravel was shunned and put down in his early career by even his teachers. Ravel must have had such conviction and tenacity to persevere and continue composing after all that adversity. Today, concert audiences politely applaud any new composer's composition, regardless of how unmusical or downright awful it may be. How tragic Ravel's composing life was cut short at the peak of his powers, but the 16 hours or so of his published works are treasures worthy of frequent rehearings.
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