The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

March 7, 2014

March 7, 1875

Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 to December 28, 1937) composed an opera which included cats. Colette wrote the librettos. You have here a confluence of the genius of two French artists along with a commingling of ailurophilic sentiments. Ravel was a cat lover and Colette is famous for having and writing about, cats.  The cover art below

Maurice Ravel: L'ENFANT ET LES SORTIL√ąGES (EMI - Rattle)

is for a 2008 recording, but the collaboration on this music originally began during World War I and their opera "L’Enfant  Et Les Sortileges" premiered in Monte Carlo in 1925.

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