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Maurice Ravel

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Impressions De France Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, François-Adrien Boieldieu, Maurice Ravel 09:51
Ravel: Bolero Miloš Karadaglić, Maurice Ravel 03:02
Ravel: Tzigane, M. 76 Augustin Dumay, Maria João Pires, Maurice Ravel 09:55
Gaspard de la nuit, M. 55 : Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit, M. 55 - II. Le Gibet Alice Sara Ott, Maurice Ravel 09:20
Ravel: Boléro, M. 81 Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti, Maurice Ravel 14:44
String Quartet, M. 35 : Ravel: String Quartet, M. 35: I. Allegro moderato, très doux Quatuor Ysaÿe, Maurice Ravel 08:04
Bolero Maurice Ravel, The Royal Festival Orchestra 16:14
Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte (Pavane For A Dead Princess) Maurice Ravel 05:46
Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales, M. 61: III. Modéré Steven Osborne, Maurice Ravel 01:22
String Quartet In F Major, M.35 : Ravel: String Quartet In F Major, M.35 - 1. Allegro moderato. Très doux Emerson String Quartet 08:09

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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.