RAVEL, Maurice (1875-1937). French composer.
Autograph Letter Signed to G. Lador in Geneva, 2 pages small 4to, La Bijeannette, St Sauveur (Eure et Loire), 8 May 1920. With translation.
Explaining that he had received Lador's letter containing two cheques in payment of his and his brother's shares in the estate of their uncle, Edouard Ravel. He confirms that the money includes 'the rights of reproduction of all the works of my uncle...'. Regarding himself he writes: 'As for me, I have started to put on weight, for I have found the way of losing it again.'
Ravel's uncle Edouard, who lived in Switzerland, dying in Geneva earlier in 1920, was a successful portrait painter; his portrait of Ravel's mother held pride of place in Ravel's composing room at Le Belvédère. It was partly with the help of the legacy mentioned in this letter that Ravel was able to buy his home at Montfort l'Amaury in 1921.
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