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Opera and lyrical music
Compositions sorted on opus (if available)
Sheet music for Maurice Ravel
Piano — Softcover Book —
Miroirs, Sonatine. Composed by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Edited by Warren Thomson. Piano & Keyboard, Repertoire, Collections. Ravel - Selected Piano Works Book 1. Softcover Book. Hal Leonard Australia #0101126040. Published by Hal Leonard Australia (HU.0101126040).
Piano — Softcover Book —
Composed by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Piano & Keyboard, Repertoire, Collections. Ravel - Easy Piano Pieces and Dances. Softcover Book. Hal Leonard Australia #BA6580. Published by Hal Leonard Australia (HU.BA6580).
Piano — Softcover Book —
For Solo Piano. Composed by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Piano Solo, Piano & Keyboard, Repertoire, Collections. Ravel - Le Tombeau de Couperin and Other Works. Softcover Book. 128 pages. Dover Publications #9780486298061. Published by Dover Publications (HU.9780486298061).
Piano Solo — Softcover — Classical
Composed by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Editions Durand. Classical. Softcover. 276 pages. Editions Durand #DR16157. Published by Editions Durand (HL.50565775).
solo piano — collection — Impressionistic
Composed by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Masterworks; Piano Collection. Dover Edition. Impressionistic. Collection. With standard notation (does not include words to the songs). 126 pages. Dover Publications #06-251373. Published by Dover Publications (AP.6-251373).
Violin, Cello and Piano — Score and Parts — Classical
Composed by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Edited by Pascal Roge and Peter Jost. Arranged by Pascal Roge. Sheet Music. Paperbound. Henle Music Folios. No distribution rights in France. Classical. Score and Parts. 103 pages. G. Henle #HN972. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480972).
Le Tombeau de Couperin (Maurice Ravel), pr√©lude. Arrangement for saxophone quartet (M. Loridan) Full Score + parts — Maurice Ravel
Alto Sax,Tenor Sax,Baritone Sax,Soprano Sax,Saxophone Quartet,Sax Quartet,Saxophone Ensemble,Quatuor de Saxophones — Individual Part,Score,Set of Parts — 20th Century,Contemporary Classical,Impressionistic,Neo-Classical,Repertoire
Composed by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Arranged by Martin Loridan. 20th Century, Contemporary Classical, Impressionistic, Neo-Classical, Repertoire. Individual Part, Score, Set of Parts. 21 pages. Published by M. Loridan (S0.259273).
Piano — reference book (softcover) — Impressionistic
Composed by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Edited by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen. Editions Durand. Impressionistic. Reference book (softcover). Composed 2005. 106 pages. Editions Durand #DF15645. Published by Editions Durand (HL.50564763).
Piano — Score Only — Classical
First Edition. Composed by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Piano. Classical. Score Only. Composed 2008. 27 pages. Editions Salabert #SLB5810. Published by Editions Salabert (HL.50486884).
Piano — Book — Impressionistic; Masterwork
Composed by Maurice Ravel (1875-1937). Edited by Maurice Hinson. Masterworks; Piano Collection. Alfred Masterwork Edition. Form: Waltz. Impressionistic; Masterwork. Book. 40 pages. Alfred Music #00-1116. Published by Alfred Music (AP.1116).
The list of compostions below was derived from Robert Poliquin’s website http://www.uquebec.ca/, and is used here with his permission.
French, of paternal Swiss and maternal Basque descent, Ravel combined skill in orchestration with meticulous technical command of harmonic resources, writing in an attractive musical idiom that was entirely his own, in spite of contemporary comparisons with Debussy, a composer his senior by some twenty years.
Ravel wrote two operas, the first, described as a comédie-musicale, L’heure espagnole (The Spanish Clock) and the second, with a libretto by Colette, the imaginative L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Enchantments), in which the naughty child is punished when furniture and animals assume personalities of their own.
Ravel wrote his ballet Daphnis et Chloé in response to a commission from the Russian impresario Dyagilev. The work, described as a symphonie choréographique is based on the Hellenistic pastoral novel of Longus. Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose), originally for piano duet, was orchestrated and used for a ballet, as were the Valses nobles et sentimentales and the choreographic poem La valse. Ravel’s last ballet score was the famous Boléro, a work he himself described as an orchestrated crescendo.
Songs by Ravel include the remarkable Shéhérazade, settings of a text by Tristan Klingsor for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, and the Don Quichotte à Dulcinée (Don Quixote to Dulcinea) songs, originally written for a film of Don Quixote in which the famous Russian bass Chaliapin was to star. Songs with piano include settings of the Jules Renard Histoires naturelles, with its instinctive sympathy with the birds and the cricket portrayed.
Ravel’s chamber music includes the evocative nostalgia of the Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet, a violin sonata with a jazz-style blues movement, a piano trio and a string quartet. Tzigane, written for the Hungarian violinist Jelly d’Arányi, is a remarkable excursion into extravagant gypsy style.
Ravel was himself a good pianist. His music for the piano includes compositions in his own nostalgic archaic style, such as the Pavane and the Menuet antique, as well as the more complex textures of pieces such as Jeux d’eau (Fountains), Miroirs and Gaspard de la nuit, with its sinister connotations. The Sonatina is in Ravel’s neo-classical style and Le tombeau de Couperin is in the form of a Baroque dance suite.
Maurice Ravel studeerde compositie in Parijs o.a. bij G. Fauré, nam vijf keer deel aan de competitie voor Prix de Rome (1900-1905), zonder deze één keer te winnen, zelfs toen hij al bekend componist was.
Ravel ontwikkelde zich als een classicistisch componist, die de traditionele vormen met souverein meesterschap wist te hanteren als kader voor zijn vernieuwingen. Hij had een grote aandacht voor het detail, ging uitermate minutieus te werk; hij onderzocht aan de piano iedere samenklank op zijn kwaliteiten. Kenmerkend zijn zijn vastomlijnde melodiepatronen en zijn voorliefde voor archaïsche modaliteiten. Opmerkelijk is ook het veelvuldig voorkomen van dansvormen in zijn werk.
Zoals in de Boléro toont Ravel zijn muzikale passie voor Spanje in de liederen voor een Don Quijote film. Uiteindelijk werden voor het filmproject de Don Quichotte-liederen van Jacques Ibert genomen. (contribution by Robbert Muuse <firstname.lastname@example.org>)