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Ravel Studies

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Published

  • Deborah Mawer (Editor)
Publication date11/2010
Place of publicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages220
ISBN (Print)9780-521-886-970
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Demonstrating the vibrant nature of current research on Maurice Ravel, one of the most significant figures in twentieth-century French music, a team of distinguished international scholars provides new interdisciplinary perspectives and insights. Through historical, critical, and analytical means, the volume reveals the symbiotic relationships between Ravel’s music and aesthetic, cultural, literary, gender, performance-based, and medical studies. While the chapters progress from French aesthetic–literary association, including with Colette and Proust, to more extended disciplinary couplings, with American history, jazz, dance, and neurology, the organization is relatively free to enable other thematic links to emerge. The volume presents a refreshing variety of scholarly approaches to Ravel and his music, set within broad contexts and current musicological debates. In a Ravelian spirit, it is intended that the essays will serve collectively as a model for expanding the agendas of other composer-based studies.

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