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Letter signed by Maurice Ravel (1924)

Letter signed by Maurice Ravel (1924)

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In 1924, Maurice Ravel, the composer of the famous Bolero, tells about his day-to-day life and his creative difficulties.

  • Letter written by Maurice Ravel to Lucian Garban of Durand & Co, in Paris.
  • One page.
  • In French.
  • Montfort L'Amaury, France, on February 27, 1924.
  • Average condition.
  • Unique piece.


(...) I will come to Paris (a few hours) Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Since I probably won't have time to see him, I'll leave the prints at the hotel... unless I forget to take them, like the melody that day.

(...) New problem with the sonata. I think I found where it got stuck. I always gave space: we'll see.

Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937), the famous French composer and pianist, became interested in music and piano at the age of 7. Influenced by Debussy, Strauss, Liszt and Mozart, he managed to create his own style marked by the Impressionism of the time. He became world renowned for his Bolero which is, to this day, the most played French musical work around the world.

Lucien Garban (1877 - 1959), also a musician and composer, was a close friend and trusted assistant of Ravel. He helped the composer resolve difficulties with scores or contracts, but he worked officially for Durand & Co, a music publisher and regular partner of Maurice Ravel.

It was in Montford L'Amaury's house, acquired in 1921 to escape Paris, that Ravel wrote his famous Bolero. In love with the view of this small city, the countryside and the forest, he considered the house a more appropriate environment for composing than the apartment in Paris, where he had lived until then. He worked tirelessly, with legendary perfectionism, but single, he used to go out regularly for tours, beach holidays or frequent trips to Paris.

This letter, headed "MR" by Maurice Ravel, portrays the day-to-day life of the genius French composer, divided between his friends and the intense - and sometimes painful - work of composition.

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