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(born Ciboure, 7 March 1875; died Paris, 28 December 1937) is a tribute to, Maurice Ravel. His father's background was Swiss and his mother's Basque, but he was brought up in Paris, where he studied at the Conservatoire, 1889-95, returning in 1897 for further study with FaurÈ and GÈdalge. In 1893 he met Chabrier and Satie, both of whom were influential. A decade later he was an established composer, at least of songs and piano pieces, working with luminous precision in a style that could imitate Lisztian bravura (Jeux d'eau) or Renaissance calm (Pavane pour une infante dÈfunte); there was also the String Quartet, somewhat in the modal style of Debussy's but more ornately instrumented. However, he five times failed to win the Prix de Rome (1900-05) and left the Conservatoire to continue his life as a freelance musician.

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During the next decade, that of his 30s, he was at his most productive. There was a rivalry with Debussy and some dispute about priority in musical discoveries, but Ravel's taste for sharply defined ideas and closed formal units was entirely his own, as was the grand virtuosity of much of his piano music from this period, notably the cycles Miroirs and Gaspard de la nuit. [Read more...]

Famous Composers: Maurice Ravel

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Ravel - L'Enfant et les Sortilèges / Netherlands Dance Theater (Jiri Kylian)

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String Quartets by Debussy and Ravel/Claude Debussy :

Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10/Maurice Ravel: Quartet in F Major

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Piano Masterpieces of Maurice Ravel

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Ravel: Man and Musician

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Whole Notes: Stories Behind the Classics - Maurice Ravel, The Color of Music

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