Miroirs d'apres Perlemuter: A short biography of Vlado Perlemuter with a commentary on his interpretation of Maurice Ravel's "Miroirs"
Dodek, Carla Marion
Citron, Marcia J.
Doctor of Musical Arts
Vlado Perlemuter is the last direct link to Maurice Ravel and is considered to be the most authentic interpreter of his music. Not only is he the last living student of Ravel, but he is the only pianist to have studied Ravel's complete solo piano works with the composer. As a pianist, Perlemuter was influenced by his teachers, Moritz Mozskowski and Alfred Cortot, and is a product of the Paris Conservatoire--the institution that was to define the French School of piano playing. Ravel influenced Perlemuter's playing as well by exposing him to new styles of piano writing and by opening his imagination to innovative sounds, mainly orchestral in nature. Perlemuter's approach to Miroirs reflects these many influences and offers an interesting study of how he achieves such diverse sonorities out of the piano. Examples of some of these ideas include passages where he uses the thumb to bring out melodies, redistribution of voices for both technical and interpretive purposes, and pedallings that create orchestral effects. Perlemuter remembers many specific interpretive ideas that Ravel had shared with him in his lessons. These ideas are of special importance because, since Ravel rarely spoke about his compositions, they serve as a valuable source of information that may have otherwise remained unknown. Vlado Perlemuter has shared his music with three generations of students and audiences. He will be remembered for many years by his admirers for his enlightening lessons and concerts. In addition, Vlado Perlemuter has made a valuable contribution to the musical world through his recordings and through the book that he co-authored with Helene Jourdan-Morhange, Ravel d'apr es Ravel.