MiroirsŒî _ Ravel dedicated each of these five piano pieces to a member of the Parisian artistic circle Les ApachesŒî. Ravel also belonged to this circle of poets, painters and musicians, giving first performances ofmany of his works at gatherings of this illustrious group. In MiroirsŒî he went a step further than in Jeux deauŒî. The music was to sound as if it came from a sketchbook. The bold harmony irritated his contemporaries at first but pointed the way ahead for Ravels subsequent works. This famous cycle _ it also contains the well-known Alborada del graciosoŒî_ is now available in Henle Urtext in a particularly clear and larger f ormat with an extensive commentary.