Ravel Edition 

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) is one of the most highly renowned composers in the history of music. His solo piano and chamber works, symphonic frescos and operas are universally celebrated and performed by musicians on every continent season after season. 

Just like the great works of writers and playwrights, it is crucial that Maurice Ravel’s musical masterpieces are given the critical attention they deserve in the form of new scientific editions based on original sources (the composer’s manuscripts, parts belonging to Ravel himself and to his peers and contemporaries, comparative works of the first printed editions, etc.). 

And so, Ravel Edition was born, initiated by a group of renowned musicologists and musicians united by their passion for the works of Maurice Ravel, published in Belgium by XXI Music Publishing ASBL.  

This scientific endeavour, offering a collection of editions that are free of the numerous inaccuracies found in previous publications, pays homage to the composer in a bid to spread his name further and wider amongst both professional and amateur musicians, and across the broader community of music lovers worldwide.

Guided by the expertise of its Publishing Committee, formed of professionals from the publishing and music industry, and drawing on the vast experience of the renowned musicians that make up its Peer Review Group, the Ravel Edition project successfully combines the specialist knowledge of expert musicologists with the interpretive insight of experienced artists, resulting in the publication of a world-class scientific edition.  

Volume 1 of the Ravel Edition, published in November 2018 and dedicated to the composer’s Bolero, offers a brand-new perspective by presenting the original “1928 Ballet” version for the very first time, in addition to a revised edition of the “1929 Concert” version. It was this version that was selected by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam for its performance of the work in January 2019, conducted by George Benjamin. It was also subsequently performed by the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse (K. Mäkelä), the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Lyon (D. Rustioni), the Orquesta Nacional de España (J. Mena), the Euskadiko Orkestra (R. Trevino), the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (J. Vicent), and, during the 2019-20 season, by the likes of the Orchestre de Paris (X. Zhong), Les Siècles (F-X. Roth), the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège (G. Madaras), the Orchestre national de Lille (J. Vicent), and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (V. Petrenko and K. Mäkelä).

Volume 2 (2019), dedicated to the composer’s Piano Concerto in G Major was commissioned by the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, the Orchestre national d’Auvergne and the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse. The première of this revised edition will be performed on Friday 10 January 2020 by Javier Perianes (piano), with the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, under the baton of Josep Pons. 

Ravel’s 1922 orchestration of Modest Moussorgski’s Pictures at an Exhibition (Volume 3 2019-20) has also been revised. To date, we have only produced a revised edition of the orchestral parts (we expect to publish a critical edition in 2020). This 2019 edition was commissioned by Les Siècles, the Fondation Ravel, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Gürzenich Orchester in Cologne. It will be performed by Les Siècles with François-Xavier Roth at the Philharmonie de Paris in November 2019 as part of a cycle of Ravel’s works, and will be recorded for Harmonia Mundi.

Upon the request of Louis Langrée and Bertrand Chamayou, a new volume (Vol. 4), dedicated to Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand is currently being prepared and is expected to be finalised in 2020.    

Ravel Edition Volume 1 : Bolero 

Reading committee: Louis Langrée – Alain Pâris – Pascal Rophé

  • A 9,45 × 13,39 in volume of 212 pages. Sewn binding. 4 oz (120 grams) papers.
  • Illustrations: 22 photos (mostly unpublished). Facsimile reproductions of the 1928 manuscripts, unreleased details of the 1928 orchestral manuscript, letters of Maurice Ravel, historical scores (Maurice Ravel and Piero Coppola) and photos (Ida Rubinstein Ballet Company, Coppola’s recording session…).
  • 104 pages of scores
  • General foreword of 25 pages on the history of the work and its reception by Manuel Cornejo.
  • Essay of Alain Pâris about the first recording of Bolero in comparison with the score.
  • Full discography of Bolero (1930 to 1939) by Jean Touzelet.
  • Critical Apparatus on 27 pages introducing all detailed sources and unpublished analysis on the 1928 orchestral manuscript located at The Morgan Library plus the orchestral sketches (Bibliothèque nationale de France). The Corrections and Notes (10 pages) list all editorial mistakes and problems from the first publications of the work.
  • Texts and Critical apparatus available in French/English.

Maurice Ravel, Bolero,  Ballet Version 1928. Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Klaus Mäkelä. Toulouse, mai 2018. 

BALLET VERSION 1928 (unpublished)         

François Dru & Quentin Hindley, editors           

Francois Dru and Quentin Hindley, editors. Unpublished introduction of the 1928 version as premiered by the Ida Rubinstein Ballets at The Paris Opera House. Edition based on the 1928 manuscript of The Morgan Library.       


Quentin Hindley, editor

Corrected edition from the Ravel’s emendations and other corrections by famous conductors   first printings of the work.

The Ravel Edition Vol. 1 Bolero is on sale at a selling price of 62 euros TTC (shipping not included). The Full score and set of parts are available  on sale from XXI Music Publishing : sales@21-music.be

Ravel Edition Volume 2 : Concerto for piano 

Reading committee: Cédric Tiberghien (pianist), Benjamin Attahir (composer) and conductors Louis Langrée, Ludovic Morlot, Adrien Perruchon and Pascal Rophé

Maurice Ravel, Concerto for piano and orchestra. Javier Perianes, piano ; Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Josep Pons. Toulouse, janvier 2020. 

  • One 24.5x34 cm volume, comprising 272 pages. Square back stitched, printed on premium 120 gsm ivory paper.
  • A wealth of images: the majority of photographs are originals from the Fonds Marguerite Long, in addition to facsimile reproductions of pages from the orchestral manuscript and of the proof of the reduction for two pianos, plus the first prints of several parts (previously belonging to Piero Coppola, Charles Münch, etc.)
  • 154 pages worth of parts and scores.
  • "The Enchanting Fakir’s Last Great Feat": a general introductory text on the history of the composer’s piano concerto by François Porcile, as well as the author’s own reception the work (2019).
  • "A Composer’s Intent, A True Rendering": text by Claire-Marie Le Guay and Louis Langrée, written especially for the Ravel Edition project (2019).
  • Review written by H. Prunières following the première of the work, Response from M. Ravel and Postlude from M. Long (1932).
  • Reviews by the French press following the work’s première performance (1932).
  • A revised score of the composer’s Piano Concerto based on the full orchestral manuscript, Marguerite Long’s own scores, the rough drafts and proofs of the reduction for two pianos, and various parts owned by Ravel’s contemporaries.
  • The composer’s Reduction for Two Pianos with the performance markings added by Maurice Ravel and Marguerite Long (new 2019 reduction of the Piano 2 part by Jean-Pascal Beintus). 
  • A Critical Apparatus (40 pages), presenting all the documentation used to produce this 2019 edition.
  • Corrections and Notes (23 pages), identifying the various editorial issues encountered, as well as the omissions and errors found in the initial editions of the work.
  • Bilingual publication (French-English).

The Ravel Edition Vol. 2 Concerto for piano  is  on sale at a selling price of 69 euros TTC (shipping not included). The Full score and set of parts are available  on sale from XXI Music Publishing : sales@21-music.be

Ravel Edition Volume 3 : Picture at an exhibition

The original idea of producing a revised 2019 edition was proposed by François-Xavier Roth as part of his Ravel cycle with Les Siècles at the Philharmonie de Paris.

Whilst we are familiar with the events surrounding Ravel’s full orchestration of Modest Moussorgsky’s 10 Pieces for Piano (1874), commissioned in 1922 by Russian-born conductor Serge Koussevitzky (the orchestration produced by Mikhail Tushmalov in 1981, based on Rimsky-Korsakov’s version of the piano part, being incomplete), and with the work’s première performance at the Opéra de Paris as part of the Concerts Koussevitzky concert series on the 19th of October 1922, the “editorial” history behind this dazzling and highly imaginative orchestration remains largely unknown and somewhat neglected.

It was only in 1929 that the score and orchestral parts were engraved and published by Édition russe de Musique, Koussevitzky’s own publishing house. Up until this point, the orchestral score and individual instrumental parts remained in manuscript form. Ravel’s own manuscript, which is marked as having been completed in May 1922, bears the conductor’s markings in blue pencil and various corrections added over the many years before the work was first engraved and subsequently first recorded in Boston in October 1930. Over the 98 handwritten pages, several modifications to the instrumentation, corrections to engraving errors, dynamic markings, phrasing and even changes to the narrative structure were added by the Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and by the French composer himself.

In light of the various editorial changes made to the score following the sale of Édition russe de Musique, it seemed logical to refer back to this initial 1929 edition, reflecting on the material that was available to Ravel when he produced his orchestration.

We therefore finalised our revised 2019 edition in line with the 1922 orchestral manuscript, Moussorgsky’s 1874 manuscript, S. Koussevitzky’s initial parts, Gabriel Pierné’s 1929 score (original version published by Édition russe de Musique) and the various editions of Rimsky-Korsakov’s work for piano (Bessel, Peters, etc.) available during the 1920s.

This new edition was commissioned by the Fondation Maurice Ravel, Les Siècles, Gürzenich Orchester Köln and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

It has been recorded by Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth as part of their Maurice Ravel project for Harmonia Mundi.

Currently, only the full orchestral score and parts are available for sale: the full critical apparatus will be published in 2021.

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