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:-