Ravel and Romania

Ravel visited Bucharest in mid-February 1932 as part of the tour of his new Piano concerto in G, which ws enthusiastically received. His soloist Marguerite Long felt that the Romanians showed a particularly sympathetic understanding Ravel's style: "...à Bucarest, sous la joie du rythme, l'humour, le pittoresque, furent compris d'instinct le lyrisme discret de l'œuvre et tout son sens humain." (Long [1971] p.66).

The visit produced an example of Ravel's absent-mindedness. He had been invited to lunch with King Carol II, but had omitted to tell anyone and forgot about the invitation somewhere in his pockets. The King himself phoned Ravel's hotel and delicately enquired what had happened to his guest - and was said to have been greatly amused by the explanation (Long [1971] p.67). A similar incident occurred in Poland with more embarrassing consequences.