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Lot 514

RAVEL, Maurice (1875-1937). Deux Epigrammes de Clément Marot, Paris, [1900], 2 parts, original wrappers. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, the first part signed and inscribed by the composer. (2)

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RAVEL, Maurice (1875-1937).  Deux Epigrammes de Clément Marot. [Title on upper wrapper of first part:] No. I. D' Anne qui me Jecta de la Neige. [and the second part:] No. II. D' Anne Jouant de l' Espinette. Paris: E. Demets, [1900]. 2 parts, 4to (351 x 270mm). Printed musical notation (some very light mainly marginal browning and staining). Original printed wrappers (some very light staining and minor fraying). Provenance: from the Collection of the late Dr Elkan Lewis (1931-2020). FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, the first page of the first part signed and inscribed, "a Maurice Delage, amicalement, Maurice Ravel." The upper wrappers of each part are stamped "Hommage de l' Editeur." Both are contained in a modern blue cloth folder with silk ties. The "Deux Epigrammes de Clément Marot" were premiered at a recital in Paris in 1900 sponsored by the Société Nationale de Musique, with the composer at the piano. The two songs are based on the texts of French Renaissance poet Clément Marot (1496-1544). The recipient of this presentation copy, Maurice Charles Delage (1879-1961), was a French composer, pianist and a pupil of Ravel's. Ravel, who held him in very high esteem, dedicated his piano piece "La Vallée des Cloches", from the suite "Miroirs", to him. (2)

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