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The Operas of Maurice Ravel

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  • Date Published: March 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107542907

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  • Maurice Ravel's operas L'Heure espagnole (1907/1911) and L'Enfant et les sortilèges (1919–25) are pivotal works in the composer's relatively small œuvre. Emerging from periods shaped by very distinct musical concerns and historical circumstances, these two vastly different works nevertheless share qualities that reveal the heart of Ravel's compositional aesthetic. In this comprehensive study, Emily Kilpatrick unites musical, literary, biographical and cultural perspectives to shed new light on Ravel's operas. In documenting the operas' history, setting them within the cultural canvas of their creation and pursuing diverse strands of analytical and thematic exploration, Kilpatrick reveals crucial aspects of the composer's working life: his approach to creative collaboration, his responsiveness to cultural, aesthetic and musical debate, and the centrality of language and literature in his compositional practice. The first study of its kind, this book is an invaluable resource for students, specialists, opera-goers and devotees of French music.

    • Presents previously unpublished or untranslated documentation to form an important contribution to documentary scholarship
    • Brings diverse analytical methods to bear on Ravel's compositional practice, with a particular focus upon language and literature, and the collaborative process
    • Unites biographical, cultural, historical, musical and literary perspectives on Ravel's operas
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "… altogether this is a very fine piece of work, which anyone involved in performing either of Ravel’s operas should read and re-read."
    Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine

    'Scholars, singers, conductors, stage directors, and general readers hoping to gain a deeper understanding of the milieu in which these exquisite small operas were created will find illuminating insights and much to ponder.' Keith E. Clifton, Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107542907
    • length: 285 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 170 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 2 tables 92 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Making Operas:
    1. Introduction: 'a single act at the Opéra-Comique'
    2. Ravel's hour
    3. The Child and the impresarios
    Part II. Words and Music:
    4. The collaborative process
    5. Songs into operas
    6. 'This archaic attempt at a modern fantasy'
    7. A portrait of an opera-ballet
    Part III. The Compositional Web:
    8. The 'calling cards' of L'Heure espagnole
    9. From Carmen to Concepcion
    10. The 'big, small world' of L'Enfant et les sortilèges
    11. A child of his time

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    Emily Kilpatrick
    Emily Kilpatrick holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Adelaide, and has published widely on the music of Ravel and Fauré. She is co-editor, with Roy Howat, of the new Peters critical edition of Fauré's complete songs, a project based at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Emily also maintains an active performing career as a pianist and vocal accompanist, and regularly gives recitals, radio broadcasts, master classes and lectures on French opera and song.

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