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Maurice Joseph Ravel was born in France in 1875. This composer belonged to the Modern (Serious) period, and died in 1937. Ravel

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) is a French composer whose life straddled the turn into the 20th century, and who was fairly avant-garde at that time. 

He studied at the Paris Conservatoire. Some of his music has been likened to that of Debussy, other works are more akin to Liszt, but above all, he was an innovator. His music is noted for his use of unresolved dissonances, and his mastery of orchestral tone colour.

A fine example of Ravel's skills in orchestration is to be found in his score for orchestra of Mussorgsky's piano composition Pictures at an Exhibition.

Amongst his well-loved works are:-

  • for the piano - Pavane pour un Infante Defunte, and La Valse.
  • for orchestra Bolero, his joyous Rapsodie Espagnole, his neo-classical orchestral work Le Tombeau de Couperin.
  • a ballet Daphnis et Chloe,.

Works written by Ravel      
Audio is available for 4 tunes by this composer.
No.Name of WorkCategoryEnsembleSoloInstrument
1 BoleroTone PoemOrchestraEnglishHorn
2 Introduction et AllegroChamber MusicOther EnsemblesHarp
3 La ValseWaltzOrchestra 
4 Pavanne for a Dead InfantaShort PieceOrchestraFrench Horn
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