No-one's inner life can justly be summarised in a handful of words, especially when it concerns a personality as private as Ravel's. Perhaps the most one can do is to note some of the things which were said and done by Ravel himself, and by people who knew him - and not to be too surprised by the mysteries and contradictions.


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Bust of Ravel, by Louise Ochsé,   now at Le Belvédère

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