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Pianists and piano lovers who were grateful for Paul Roberts’s splendid Images: The Piano Music of Claude Debussy (Amadeus Press) will not be surprised that his new book from the same publisher, Reflections: The Piano Music of Maurice Ravel, possesses similar qualities of friendly discernment, accessibility, and good sense. Roberts, himself a noted pianist and teacher, is not afraid of challenging a tempo indication in Le tombeau de Couperin, opining: ‘For me Ravel’s metronome marking… is too fast. It needs to dance, yet remain flexible enough for the dotted rhythm not to sound mechanical. It should not clip along, but rather lilt.’ The book itself has something of a

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