Urged by an increasingly pervading nationalism, many French composers at the beginning of the twentieth century sought to create unique French music by linking to their past musical traditions. This trend of the retrospective approach to musical composition is evident in the works of contemporary French composers such as Vincent d’Indy, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Albert Roussel. Of the latter two composers, however, personal stylistic traits differentiate their Retrospectivism on both the musical level and the aesthetic one.
Jiang, Qingfan, "Ravel and Roussel: Retrospectivism in Le Tombeau de Couperin and La Suite pour piano, op.14" (2012). Papers. Paper 4.