Ravel, Maurice correspondence Edit




  • 1896 – 1934 (Creation)


  • 1 Boxes (Whole)




  • Abstract

    The Maurice Ravel correspondence collection consists of 68 letters to or from Maurice Ravel and members of his circle between 1896 and 1934.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Maurice Ravel correspondence collection is comprised of two separately acquired Ravel correspondence collections. The first collection consists of fifteen autograph letters, twelve typed letters and 1 telgram dating from November 12, 1926 to June 2, 1933 between Ravel and French lyric soprano and accompanist, Marcelle Gerar (1891-1970). An 11 minute interview of Mme. Gerar's recollection of Ravel recorded on cassettee tape is also included.

    The second collection consists of 24 autograph letters by Ravel in addition to 17 autograph letters addressed to Ravel by members of his circle including Caplet, Chausson, Dukas, de Falla, Hahn, d'Indy, Long, Mallarmé, Manuel, Milhaud, de Sévérac, Strauss and Viñes. A postcard signed by Berg and others including Hindemith, Honnegger, Geiseking and Wellescz is also included.

  • Arrangement

    Correspondence is arranged first by correspondent and then chronologically within each folder. Most letters (in French) include English translations which accompanied the letters at the time of acquisition. These translations are filed with each item. Catalogs to the letters included in both acquisitions which comprise the Ravel correspondence have been included in Folder 0.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Both collections were purchased by the Northwestern University Music Library in 2007.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    No Restrictions

  • Processing Information

    Processed August 2017 by Alan Akers and Nicholas Ritter.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    No restrictions. Collection is open for research.