He is remembered in the United States primarily for the rather banal repetitions of Bolero,
but Maurice Ravel wrote a great deal of music more worthy of celebration: ballets like Ma Mere l'Oye
(Mother Goose) and Daphnis et Chloe
; orchestral and piano works like Pavane pour une Infante Defunte
(Pavane for a Dead Princess) and the Rapsodie Espagnole
; operas like L'Enfant et les Sortileges
(The Child and the Enchantments); and settings of Greek and Jewish songs. British author and critic Gerald Larner offers a well-researched, well-written, accessible biography of Ravel's life and compositions that explores his music and his motivations, a part of the Phaidon Press Limited 20th Century Composers series.
'Excellent, conversational, full of vivid colour and dry wit.' (The Scotsman) 'A fluent and lucid introduction. His text is expertly paced.' (Classical Music) 'Full of insights and contriving to tell us much about the music.' (Sunday Telegraph) 'As a series, Phaidon's 20th Century Composers has brought remarkable variety and a welter of information, both necessary and delightfully trivial. Intended both for the general reader and for the more enthusiatically musical...' (The Scotsman)