Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was, first and foremost, a composer for the piano and an important innovator in pianistic style. He felt that the technical mastery of his craft was more important than the expression of personal feelings, and his inspiration came from a relentless pursuit of excellence. Valses nobles et sentimentales
, composed in 1911, owes a debt to 19th-century waltzes, but belongs to the 20th century. The subtle harmonies caused Debussy to comment, "it is the product of the finest ear that has ever existed."
This teaching- and performance-oriented edition has been carefully prepared and edited by Maurice Hinson. Dr. Hinson has included helpful fingering suggestions and performance notes. Spaciously engraved for easier reading, Alfred's
Valses nobles et sentimentales
is one of the most practical editions of Ravel's works available.