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Le jazz gallicisé et ravelisé: théorie pratique du 'blues'.

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  • Deborah Mawer
Translated title of the contributionJazz Gallicized and Ravelized: Theory and Practice of 'the Blues'.
Publication date02/2012
Host publicationMusique française: Esthétique et identité en mutation 1892-1992 : French Music: Aesthetics and Identity in Transition 1892-1992
EditorsPascal Terrien
Place of publicationSampzon
PublisherEditions Delatour France
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-2-7521-0106-8
Original languageFrench


In order to illuminate a French musical identity of the 1920s achieved via foreign influence, my article examines two subtle transformations: on the one hand between Ravel’s ‘theory’ of early jazz-blues and the actualities of early jazz, already partially Gallicized and classicized; and on the other between Ravel’s theory (of transformation) and his practice in the Violin Sonata. His ‘Blues’ gives as much as it takes, catalyzing his late music, yet also anticipating popular developments of the 1930s, in France and abroad.