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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Music for Piano
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (July 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048629806X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486298061
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For anyone looking for general Ravel pieces, I'd highly recommend this book.
Andy B.
It opens with the table of contents and after that it has a complete glossyry of french terms and text used in the music!
Brian E. Young
I am very happy with my decision to obtain this book and to find all the extra works (shown below).
Clarke G. Isackson

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2000
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Together with Le tombeau as promised by the title, this volume includes the original piano versions of Ma Mère l'Oye, all eight Valses nobles et sentimentales, the 1913 Prélude, the two pieces À la manière de (Chabrier and Borodin), and the composer's own piano transcription of La Valse. This fine, durable Dover edition nicely complements Dover's "Piano Masterpieces of Maurice Ravel" with no overlap to give a nearly complete collection of all of Ravel's compositions for the piano. The only piano work absent from both volumes is the Habanera, probably because that work is almost invariably performed by two pianists, although I own a transcription for a single player. Many of the works in this volume are quite accessible to pianists of intermediate skill, if they are sufficiently motivated by a love of the music of Ravel, and even in Le tombeau, a work of legendary difficulty, the exquisite Menuet, should prove playable by all but beginners. Highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. Young on November 2, 2002
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This book contains a great selection of pieces at a more than resonable price. I bought it as a set with Piano Masterpieces of Maurice Ravel also by Dover. (I saw another edition of Ma Mere l'Oye *on it's own* was more than what I paid for this whole book!) Dover editions I have found in the past have great quality. The pages are sewn in so the book will last a lifetime without pages falling or ripping out.
If you're not already impressed by the selection of pieces (I love the 1913 Prelude which I already had a copy of and memorized a while ago), Dover goes even further with this set. It opens with the table of contents and after that it has a complete glossyry of french terms and text used in the music! This I found was quite impressive. Even Dover's other Ravel book doesn't do this. Some of the terms sound enough like English words or Italian musical terms for you to figure it out but it's really great that they gave you it there for you to know for certain. Following that are translations of the wonderful quotes of fairy tales from La Mere and other text that appears in the book.
Before each multi-movement piece it receives it's own cover page followed by an introduction to the piece written by Ronald Herder citing Orenstein's book Ravel: Man and Musician as a primary source. It is really nice to learn a little about the piece before playing it and it's a wonderful inclusion. The music appears to be in chronological order with the three 1913 pieces grouped together under a single cover sheet (sans any introduction). The title piece is well deserving of it as it is a large section of the book with it's 7 movements. The book concludes with Ravel's transcription of La Valse.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Ricketson on March 21, 2006
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This is really an amazing buy if you are a serious pianist. Each piece is given an introduction, and all of the French terms are translated in a glossary near the front. This is especially helpful for those of us who aren't great with French. The music is clean and neatly spaced, and it looks vibrant and new. Like a previous reviewer said, the only minor flaw is that no fingerings are included, and of course using the right fingerings and hand positions is crucial in Ravel. There are also few typographical errors in the music, probably because these are later works by Ravel.

If you want fingerings and performance suggestions for Le Tombeau de Couperin, I would suggest Nancy Bricard's edition from Alfred. In particular, the Toccata and the Prelude are good pieces to have suggested fingerings for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ixd735 on May 15, 2014
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Pros:
-This book contains the Mother Goose Suite as transcribed for piano solo by Ravel's friend Jacques Charlot, the Valse Nobles et Sentimentales, a Prelude (1911), Le Tombeau de Couperin, and Ravel's piano solo transcription of La Valse--all reprints of Durand editions. It also includes A la maniere de Chabrier/Borodine, reprints of the Salabert edition.
-Printing is sharp and clear in all compositions.
-Prefatory notes are great for interpretation and/or research.

Cons:
-Print is very small--still readable, but more difficult in "Le Tombeau de Couperin" and "La Valse." The volume itself is still a steal.
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This is a superb book. Each piece is preceded by a very well written history and the book also includes a most interesting two page glossary of French terms and texts that pertain specifically to the scores in the book. For instance, m.d [main droit] = right hand and m.g. [main gauche] = left hand. Yes, I am just learning French as I go (if only I lived in Paris!).

There are also Quotations cited that are in the music - a unique feature.

I purchased this book primarily for the quality and to replace my current (les legible) edition of Le tombeau de Couperin, my favorite work by Ravel. I am very happy with my decision to obtain this book and to find all the extra works (shown below).

A most impressive feature of this wonderful book is that the print is absolutely precise. It is the most acute print I have seen in most any music book. The notes and symbols are very sharp. This is definitely a quality book for anyone who plays or appreciates Maurice Ravel's work.

These are the lovely pieces in the book - 116 pages of Ravel:
224 Le Tombeau De Couperin and other works for solo piano
Maurice Ravel
Dover
1. Ma Mere l'Oye: Cinq pieces enfantines
[Mother Goose: Five chindren's pieces]
2. Valses nobles et sentimentales
[Elegant and lyrical waltzes]
3. Prelude (1913)
4. A l maniere de ... Emmanuel Chabrier Paraphrase sur unair de Gounod ("Faust Ileme acte")
[In the style of Emmanuel Chabrier --- Paraphrase on a melody by Gounod ("Faust, Act 2")
5. A la maniere de ... Borodine (Valse)
[In the style of Borodin --- Waltz]
6. Le tombeau de Couperin : Suite pour le Piano
[Couperin's tomb: Suite for piano]
7. La Valse: Poeme choregraphique
[The Waltz: Choreographic poem for orchestra]
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