Unmasking Ravel

May 2011
5 black and white, 30 line illustrations
352 pages
9x6 in
Eastman Studies in Music
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC MUS050000, MUS020000, MUS006000

Unmasking Ravel

New Perspectives on the Music

Edited by Peter Kaminsky

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Collection of critical and analytical scholarly essays on the music of Ravel by prominent scholars.
Unmasking Ravel: New Perspectives on the Music fills a unique place in Ravel studies by combining critical interpretation and analytical focus. From the premiere of his works up to the present, Ravel has been associated with masks and the related notions of artifice and imposture. This has led scholars to perceive a lack of depth in his music and, consequently, to discourage investigation of his musical language. This volume balances and interweaves these modes of inquiry. Part 1, "Orientations and Influences," illuminates the sometimes contradictory aesthetic, biographical, and literary strands comprising Ravel's artistry and our understanding of it. Part 2, "Analytical Case Studies," engages representative works from Ravel's major genres using a variety of methodologies, focusing on structural process and his complex relation to stylistic convention. Part 3, "Interdisciplinary Studies," integrates musical analysis and art criticism, semiotics, and psychoanalysis in creating novel methodologies.

Contributors include prominent scholars of Ravel's and fin-de-siècle music: Elliott Antokoletz, Gurminder Bhogal, Sigrun B. Heinzelmann, Volker Helbing, Steven Huebner, Peter Kaminsky, Barbara Kelly, David Korevaar, Daphne Leong, Michael Puri, and Lauri Suurpää.

Peter Kaminsky is Professor of Music at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

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Table of Contents

Ravel's Poetics: Literary Currents, Classical Takes - Steven Huebner
Re-presenting Ravel: Artificiality and the Aesthetic of Imposture - Barbara L. Kelly
Adorno's Ravel - Michael J. Puri
Ravel's Approach to Formal Process: Comparisons and Contexts - Peter Kaminsky
Repetition as Musical Motion in Ravel's Piano Writing - Daphne N. Leong and David Korevaar
Playing with Models: Sonata Form in Ravel's String Quartet and Piano Trio - Sigrun Heinzelmann
Spiral and Self-Destruction in Ravel's "La valse" - Volker Helbing
Diatonic Expansion and Chromatic Compression in Maurice Ravel's Sonate pour violonet violoncelle - Elliott Antokoletz
Deception, Reality, and Changes of Perspective in Two Songs from Histoires Naturelles - Lauri Suurpää
Not Just a Pretty Surface: Ornament and Metric Complexity in Ravel's Piano Music - Gurminder K. Bhogal
The Child on the Couch; or, Toward a (Psycho)Analysis of L'enfant et les sortilèges - Peter Kaminsky


Successful . . . for the variety, depth and novelty of its analyses, but also for the way it quietly invites readers to imagine a very different place for Ravel in the canon than the one he currently occupies. Compelling and intricate analyses abound in Unmasking Ravel. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL MUSICAL ASSOCIATION [Jessie Fillerup]

Drawing on a wealth of primary sources, [Barbara Kelly] reveals how early tensions regarding Ravel's fame softened into mutual respect, especially from members of Les Six. . . . [Gurminder Bhogal extends] her ground-breaking research on the French arabesque [in] nuanced analyses. . . . Kaminsky and his colleagues are to be commended for moving us closer to understanding what makes [Ravel's] oeuvre so rich and alluring. FONTES ARTIS MUSICAE [Keith E. Clifton] Compelling new approaches to Ravel's music. Gives the reader insight into what makes Ravel's music the way it is -- its sources of influence and inspiration, its engagement with traditional norms, its setting of text, and its reception. [Helbing's chapter is] memorable. . . .[That by Leong and Korevaar is] illuminating. MUSIC THEORY ONLINE [Claire Sher Ling Eng] Full review at http://mtosmt.org/issues/mto.12.18.1/mto.12.18.1.eng.php

A collection of exceptional creativity and innovation. . . . Provides exceptional insight into the complexity of Ravel's unique formal approaches. . . . A potent reminder of the power of biography and criticism, with implications beyond Ravel scholarship. MUSIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NOTES [Timothy B. Cochran]

A superb, unique contribution to Ravel scholarship. . . Provide[s] both in-depth analysis and critical interpretation. SUMMING UP: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals. CHOICE [R. Pitts]

This substantial and authoritative work contains state-of-the-art contributions in both the critical-historical and theoretical-analytical spheres. --Arnold Whittall, Professor Emeritus, King's College, London; author of Romantic Music: A Concise History from Schubert to Sibelius and coauthor of Music Analysis: In Theory and Practice.

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