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Maurice Ravel

Ravel was born in Ciboure in 1875 and died in Paris in 1937. This French composer and pianist spent sixteen years studying at the Paris Conservatory under the guidance of Fauré (composition) and Bériot (piano).

Some of Ravel’s masterpieces include Shéhérazade (1903, for voice and orchestra), Miroirs (1905, for piano), Daphnis et Chloé (1909-1911, for ballet), Boléro (1928, also a ballet) and his Piano Concerto for Left Hand (1931).

Ravel combined classical form with dance rhythms, bitonality, jazz influences and impressionist harmonies. He was also a master of orchestration, as demonstrated in his 1922 treatment of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

An Amazing Ravel Fact

Ravel preferred to write small scale works. His longest work is Daphnis et Chloé, which usually runs for just under an hour.





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Piano Music | Chamber Classical Music | Inspirational Orchestral Music | Classical Composers | Name That Music | Free Composition and Piano Lessons | Piano Music Notes | Learn Music Theory | Finale Music Writing Software | Composing Music to Films | Writing Classical Score | List of Instruments | Music Sound Recording Studios | Multitrack Recording Process | Music Mixing Advice