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Maurice Ravel

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Ravel: Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré, M. 74 Augustin Dumay, Maria João Pires, Maurice Ravel 02:23
Impressions De France Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, François-Adrien Boieldieu, Maurice Ravel 09:51
Ravel: Boléro, M. 81 Berliner Philharmoniker, Pierre Boulez, Maurice Ravel 14:58
Ravel: Boléro, M. 81 Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti, Maurice Ravel 14:43
Pavane pour une infante defunte Maurice Ravel 06:04
String Quartet In F Major, M.35 : Ravel: String Quartet In F Major, M.35 - 1. Allegro moderato. Très doux Emerson String Quartet, Maurice Ravel 08:08
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: V. Presque lent, dans un sentiment intime Steven Osborne, Maurice Ravel 01:17
Filth Thomas Powers, Maurice Ravel 03:54
Sonatine, M.40 : Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - 3. Animé Lilya Zilberstein, Maurice Ravel 03:52
Bolero Maurice Ravel 08:06

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Born into a cultivated, music-loving bourgeois family, to a Swiss father and a Basque mother, Maurice Ravel showed a talent for the piano. He entered the Paris Conservatoire. A pupil of Gabriel Fauré and Emmanuel Chabrier, he made friends with Charles Baudelaire, Edgar Poe, Stéphane Mallarmé and later Manuel de Falla, Jean Cocteau, Igor Stravinsky, Serge de Diaghilev, Colette and Toulouse-Lautrec. He failed to win the Grand Prix de Rome because of Jules Massenet, and fought in the First World War at Verdun. He refused the Légion d'honneur ("but all his music accepts it", said Erik Satie). A committed bachelor, he lived alone in Montfort-l'Amaury. Now famous, he made a triumphant tour of the United States in 1928. Insomniac, he suffered from what he called "cerebral anemia". After an accident while riding in a cab, he stopped composing and died following an unsuccessful brain operation.