Ravel Edition


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The Ravel Edition is driven by an innovative scientific approach that combines musicological and artistic expertise. We are proud to be supported by distinguished musicians who are well versed in this repertoire, who complement the work that our musicologists carry out on the manuscripts and various other sources, drawing on their invaluable knowledge and experience to cast light on the various issues raised during the analytical process.

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 revised 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.

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. 

Ravel’s 1922 orchestration of Modest Moussorgski’s Pictures at an Exhibition (Volume 3 - 2019) 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. This recording was awarded : Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritikfinalist of the International Classical Music Awards 2020 and selected as one of the best 2020 recordings by BR Klassik radio and The Guardian.

Volume 4 is devoted to the Concerto for the Left Hand, this revised edition was commissioned by Louis Langrée and Bertrand Chamayou and commissioned by the Maurice Ravel Foundation, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire and the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse.

Volume 5 is dedicated to Tzigane - Rapsodie de concert (violin and orchestra version), this revised edition is at the initiative of the violinist Renaud Capuçon, the version for violin and piano is also available.  Volume 6 is devoted to the String Quartet.

A revised edition of Mother Goose (ballet) has been available since spring 2021 (volume 7). The premiere of this new edition was  performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Wilson.

Our revised edition of Ravel’s String Quartet is now available for purchase.This new edition is based on the 1902-1903 manuscript, the very first 1905 edition and the 1910 publication.Inserts added into the score present the subsequent modifications that gave rose to the 1910 edition, thus giving performers an appreciation of how the work evolved.

In partnership with the Fondation Maurice Ravel, Ravel Edition has launched a brand-new YouTube channel, offering viewers a fascinating and freely accessible insight into the composer and his works. The channel will broadcast an exclusive video series entitled Ravel Papier à musique, exploring Ravel’s relationship with his manuscripts10 videos are already available online on this Youtube channel. 

The next revised edition will be devoted to La Valse and  the Introduction and Allegro. 

The above orchestras have performed and will continue to perform from the parts published by the Ravel Edition: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam  (Netherlands); Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (France); Orchestre National de Lille (France); Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon (France); Birmingham Royal Conservatory (United Kingdom); Euskadiko Orkestra (Spain); Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (Spain); Orquesta Nacional de España (Spain); Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (Monaco); Orchestre national d’Auvergne (France); Orchestre philharmonique de Radio-France (France); Orchestre de Paris (France); Oslo Filharmonien (Norway); Kitchener – Waterloo Symphony Orchestra (Canada); Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse (France); Les Siècles (France); Orchestre des Champs Elysées (France); Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Australia); Gürzenich Orchester Köln (Germany);  Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire (France); Orquestra Gulbenkian (Portugal); Orchestre national de Metz (France); Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse (France); Kristiansand Symfoniorkester (Norway); Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (Swiss); Kyoto Symphony Orchestra (Japan); Orchestre de Bretagne (France); Belgian National Orchestra (Belgium); Orchestre national de Lyon (France); Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg (France); DR Symfoniorkestret (Denmark); Orchestre de chambre Nouvelle-Aquitaine (France); Orchestre national de Montpellier Occitanie (France); Orquesta Sinfónica de Extremadura (Spain); Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg (Luxemburg); Kungliga Filharmoniska Orkestern (Sweden); WDR Sinfonieorchester (Germany); Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona (Spain); BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (United Kingdom); Royal Academy of Arts London (United Kingdom); Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Germany); SWR Symphonieorchester (Germany); NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester (Germany); Sinfonia of London (United Kingdom); Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne (Swiss); Düsseldorfer Symphoniker (Germany); Orchestre symphonique de La Monnaie (Belgium); Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (United Kingdom); BBC Symphony Orchestra (United Kingdom); Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra (Spain); Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra (Danemark); Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Germany); Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich (Austria);  Berner Symphonieorchester (Swiss); Sinfonietta de Lausanne (Swiss); Orchestra de l'Opéra de Rouen (France); Orchestre national de Cannes (France);   Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (New Zeland); Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Swiss); Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Australia); Simfonijski Orkestar HRT (Croatia);  Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Germany); Orchestre national de France (France), Hr-Sinfonieorchester (Germany), Staatskapelle Berlin (Germany). 

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