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Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)

Rapsodie Espagnole. Piano à 4 Mains.

Signed "Maurice Ravel". A. Durand & Fils: Paris, 1908. Pl.n D. & F. 6999. First Edition. Large quarto. 32 pp. Original paper wrappers. Modern maroon linen box lined with matching marbled paper. Clean and in excellent condition (only the slightest wear to some of the edges). Spine of wraps a little bruised but professionally reinforced inside.
A beautiful copy of Ravel's Rapsodie Espagnole arranged for piano four-hands, signed and inscribed by the composer on the title page: Hommage d'affectueuse reconnaissance / Maurice Ravel, surrounding the printed dedication "A mon cher Maître, Charles de BÉRIOT".
This orchestral rhapsody, here is its original four-hand version, is among Ravel's most famous works. Composed in 1907, it was one of Ravel's first major works for orchestra, performed and well received in Paris in 1908. The work was dedicated to his piano teacher at the Conservatoire, Charles-Wilfrid de Beriot (pianist and composer and son of the violinist Charles Auguste De Beriot), who was one of the few members of the conservative establishment at the Conservatoire to admire and encourage the budding composer. The biased treatment of Ravel caused a scandal in 1891 and he was actually expelled in 1895.
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