Joseph de Marliave was a captain in the French army who died during the first weeks of the First World War. Before the war, he was a musicologist who wrote a book about Beethoven's string quartets and essays on many other composers.
Marliave was formerly a close friend of Fauré, and introduced his works to the pianist Marguerite Long, whom he subsequently married. Marliave and Fauré were later distanced by the rift which developed between Fauré and Long.
Ravel commemorated Marliave by dedicating to him the Toccata, the final movement of Le tombeau de Couperin; the work's first performance was given by Marguerite Long in 1919.
Joseph de Marliave's (posthumous) publications were:
MARLIAVE, Joseph de. Etudes musicales. [Essays on Fauré, Elgar, Albeniz, Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss, Beethoven, and Russian musicians.] Paris, F.Alcan, 1917.
- - . Les quatuors de Beethoven; ...préface de Gabriel Fauré. Paris, F.Alcan, 1925.
- - . Beethoven's quartets; ...trans. by Hilda Andrews. London, O.U.P, H.Milford, 1928.