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Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)  

Maurice Ravel

born: 7 March 1875
died: 28 December 1937
country: France

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Although born in a rural Basque village, Ravel was raised in Paris and was accepted as a preparatory piano student at the Conservatoire in 1889. Whilst a full-time student, Ravel was introduced in 1893 to Chabrier, whom he regarded as ‘the most profoundly personal, the most French of our composers’. Around this time Ravel also met and was influenced by Erik Satie. In the decade following his graduation in 1895, Ravel scored a notable hit with the Pavane pour une infante défunte for piano (later orchestrated). Even so his works were rejected several times by the backward-looking judges of the Prix de Rome for not satisfying the demands of academic counterpoint. In the early years of the 20th century he completed many outstanding works, including the evocative Miroirs for piano and his first opera, L’heure espagnole.

In 1909 Ravel was invited to write a large-scale work for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, completing the score to Daphnis et Chloé three years later. At this time he also met Igor Stravinsky and first heard the Expressionist works of Arnold Schoenberg. During the First World War he enlisted with the motor transport corps, and returned to composition slowly after 1918, completing La valse for Diaghilev and beginning work on his second opera, L’enfant et les sortilèges.

From 1932 until his death, he suffered from the progressive effects of Pick’s Disease and was unable to compose. His emotional expression is most powerful in his imaginative interpretations of the unaffected worlds of childhood and animals, and in exotic tales. Spain also influenced the composer’s creative personality through his mother’s Basque inheritance, together with his liking for the formal elegance of 18th-century French art and music.

from notes by Andrew Stewart © 2010

Albums
'Ravel & Debussy: String Quartets' (CDA67759)
Ravel & Debussy: String Quartets
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'Ravel, Debussy & Fauré: Piano Trios' (CDA67114)
Ravel, Debussy & Fauré: Piano Trios
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'Ravel, Fauré & Debussy: Piano Trios' (CDA30029)
Ravel, Fauré & Debussy: Piano Trios
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'Ravel: Complete music for violin & piano' (CDA67820)
Ravel: Complete music for violin & piano
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'Ravel: Songs' (CDA67728)
Ravel: Songs
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'Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDA67731/2)
Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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'Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDA67341/2)
Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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'Debussy & Ravel: String Quartets' (CDA67759)
Debussy & Ravel: String Quartets
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'Debussy, Fauré & Ravel: Piano Trios' (CDA67114)
Debussy, Fauré & Ravel: Piano Trios
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'Debussy, Ravel & Fauré: Piano Trios' (CDA30029)
Debussy, Ravel & Fauré: Piano Trios
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'Debussy: The Complete Music for Two Pianos' (CDH55014)
Debussy: The Complete Music for Two Pianos
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'Fauré, Debussy & Ravel: Piano Trios' (CDA30029)
Fauré, Debussy & Ravel: Piano Trios
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'Fauré, Ravel & Debussy: Piano Trios' (CDA67114)
Fauré, Ravel & Debussy: Piano Trios
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'La Procession' (CDA66248)
La Procession
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'Of ladies and love' (CDA67315)
Of ladies and love
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'Romantic Residues' (CDA67725)
Romantic Residues
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'Stephen Hough's French Album' (CDA67890)
Stephen Hough's French Album
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'Stephen Hough's Spanish Album' (CDA67565)
Stephen Hough's Spanish Album
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'The Playful Pachyderm' (CDA67453)
The Playful Pachyderm
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'Le Bestiaire' (A66149)
Le Bestiaire
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'Debussy & Ravel: String Quartets' (CDH88018)
Debussy & Ravel: String Quartets
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On other labels
'Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Boléro & Pavane' (LSO0693)
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Boléro & Pavane
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'Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 1' (CKD290)
Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 1
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'Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 2' (CKD315)
Ravel: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 2
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'Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings' (APR7502)
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
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'Harmonies d'un Soir' (1EMHDUS)
Harmonies d'un Soir
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'Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952' (APR6011)
Moura Lympany – The HMV Recordings, 1947-1952
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'Myra Hess – The complete solo and concerto studio recordings' (APR7504)
Myra Hess – The complete solo and concerto studio recordings
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'Walter Gieseking – The complete Homocord recordings and other rarities' (APR6013)
Walter Gieseking – The complete Homocord recordings and other rarities
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
À la manière de Borodine (Ravel)
À la manière de Chabrier (Ravel)
Alborada del gracioso  Movement 4 of Miroirs (Ravel)
Amelette Ronsardelette  First line to Ronsard à son âme (Ravel)
Anne par jeu me jecta de la neige  First line to D'Anne qui m'a jecta de la neige, No 1 of Deux Épigrammes de Clément Marot (Ravel)
Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré (Ravel)
Blues: Moderato  Movement 2 of Violin Sonata No 2 in G major (Ravel)
Boléro (Ravel)
Bon Saint Michel qui me donnez loisir  First line to Chanson épique, No 2 of Don Quichotte à Dulcinée (Ravel)
Ça n'a pas mordu, ce soir, mais je rapporte une rare émotion  First line to Le martin-pêcheur, No 4 of Histoires naturelles (Ravel)
C'est la bossue de ma cour  First line to La pintade, No 5 of Histoires naturelles (Ravel)
C'est l'heure où, las d'errer, l'insecte nègre revient  First line to Le grillon, No 2 of Histoires naturelles (Ravel)
Chanson à boire  No 3 of Don Quichotte à Dulcinée (Ravel)
Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques  No 4 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel/Salzedo)
Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques  No 4 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel)
Chanson écossaise  No 5 of Chants populaires (Ravel)
Chanson épique  No 2 of Don Quichotte à Dulcinée (Ravel)
Chanson française  No 2 of Chants populaires (Ravel)
Chanson hébraïque  No 4 of Chants populaires (Ravel)
Chanson italienne  No 3 of Chants populaires (Ravel)
Chanson romanesque  No 1 of Don Quichotte à Dulcinée (Ravel)
Chants populaires (Ravel)
Chloé réapparaît  Movement 9 of Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel)
Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel)
Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel/Salzedo)
D'Anne jouant de l'espinette  No 2 of Deux Épigrammes de Clément Marot (Ravel)
D'Anne qui m'a jecta de la neige  No 1 of Deux Épigrammes de Clément Marot (Ravel)
Danse grotesque de Dorcon  Movement 3 of Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel)
Danse légère et gracieuse de Daphnis – Lycenion danse – Les pirates  Movement 4 of Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel)
Danse suppliante de Chloé – Bryaxis veut l'entraîner – L'ombre de Pân apparaît  Movement 7 of Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel)
Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel)
Daphnis se prosterne suppliant – Voix très lointaines – Danse guerrière: Animé et très rude – Bryaxis ordonne d'amener la captive  Movement 6 of Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel)
Deux Épigrammes de Clément Marot (Ravel)
Deux Mélodies hébraïques (Ravel)
Don Quichotte à Dulcinée (Ravel)
Entre un groupe de jeunes filles costumées en bacchantes – Danse générale – Danse de Daphnis et Chloé – Danse de Dorcon – Danse finale: Bacchanale  Movement 10 of Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel)
Foin du bâtard, illustre Dame  First line to Chanson à boire, No 3 of Don Quichotte à Dulcinée (Ravel)
Frägt die Velt die alte Casche  First line to L'énigme éternelle, No 2 of Deux Mélodies hébraïques (Ravel)
Gaspard de la nuit (Ravel)
Histoires naturelles (Ravel)
Il glisse sur le bassin, comme un traîneau blanc  First line to Le cygne, No 3 of Histoires naturelles (Ravel)
Il va sûrement se marier aujourd'hui  First line to Le paon, No 1 of Histoires naturelles (Ravel)
Introduction et Danse religieuse  Movement 1 of Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel)
Janeta ount anirem gardar  First line to Chanson française, No 2 of Chants populaires (Ravel)
Jeux d'eau (Ravel)
Kaddisch  No 1 of Deux Mélodies hébraïques (Ravel)
La pintade  No 5 of Histoires naturelles (Ravel)
La vallée des cloches  Movement 5 of Miroirs (Ravel)
La valse (Ravel)
Là-bas, vers l'église  No 2 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel/Salzedo)
Là-bas, vers l'église  No 2 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel)
L'abbé divague.—Et toi, marquis  First line to Sur l'herbe (Ravel)
Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes  Movement 3 of Ma mère l'oye (Ravel)
Le cygne  No 3 of Histoires naturelles (Ravel)
Le gibet  Movement 2 of Gaspard de la nuit (Ravel)
Le grillon  No 2 of Histoires naturelles (Ravel)
Le jardin féerique  Movement 5 of Ma mère l'oye (Ravel)
Le martin-pêcheur  No 4 of Histoires naturelles (Ravel)
Le paon  No 1 of Histoires naturelles (Ravel)
Le réveil de la mariée  No 1 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel/Salzedo)
Le réveil de la mariée  No 1 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel)
Le tombeau de Couperin (Ravel)
Le troupeau verni des moutons  First line to Noël des jouets (Ravel)
L'énigme éternelle  No 2 of Deux Mélodies hébraïques (Ravel)
Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête  Movement 4 of Ma mère l'oye (Ravel)
Les grands vents venus d'outremer (Ravel)
Les jeunes filles attirent Daphnis – Danse générale  Movement 2 of Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel)
Lever du jour – Daphnis cherche Chloé et il rêve d'elle – Daphnis et Chloé miment l'aventure de Pân et de Syrinx  Movement 8 of Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel)
Lors que je voy en ordre la brunette  First line to D'Anne jouant de l'espinette, No 2 of Deux Épigrammes de Clément Marot (Ravel)
Ma mère l'oye (Ravel)
M'affaccio la finestra e vedo l'onde  First line to Chanson italienne, No 3 of Chants populaires (Ravel)
Mejerke, main Suhn  First line to Chanson hébraïque, No 4 of Chants populaires (Ravel)
Menuet antique (Ravel)
Menuet in C sharp minor (Ravel)
Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn (Ravel)
Miroirs (Ravel)
Noctuelles  Movement 1 of Miroirs (Ravel)
Noël des jouets (Ravel)
Ô joie de mon âme  First line to Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques, No 4 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel/Salzedo)
Ô joie de mon âme  First line to Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques, No 4 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel)
Oiseaux tristes  Movement 2 of Miroirs (Ravel)
Ondine  Movement 1 of Gaspard de la nuit (Ravel)
Pavane de la belle au bois dormant  Movement 1 of Ma mère l'oye (Ravel)
Pavane pour une infante défunte (Ravel)
Perpetuum mobile: Allegro  Movement 3 of Violin Sonata No 2 in G major (Ravel)
Petit poucet  Movement 2 of Ma mère l'oye (Ravel)
Piano Trio (Ravel)
Pièce en forme de habanera (Ravel/Dumesnil)
Pièce en forme de habanera (Ravel/Hoérée)
Prélude (Ravel)
Quel galant m'est comparable?  No 3 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel/Salzedo)
Quel galant m'est comparable?  No 3 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel)
Réveille-toi, réveille-toi, perdrix mignonne  First line to Le réveil de la mariée, No 1 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel/Salzedo)
Réveille-toi, réveille-toi, perdrix mignonne  First line to Le réveil de la mariée, No 1 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel)
Ronsard à son âme (Ravel)
Scarbo  Movement 3 of Gaspard de la nuit (Ravel)
Sérénade grotesque (Ravel)
Si vous me disiez que la terre  First line to Chanson romanesque, No 1 of Don Quichotte à Dulcinée (Ravel)
Sonatine (Ravel)
String Quartet in F major (Ravel)
Sur l'herbe (Ravel)
Tout gai!  No 5 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel/Salzedo)
Tout gai!  No 5 of Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques (Ravel)
Trois Nocturnes, L98 (Debussy/Ravel)
Tzigane 'Rapsodie de concert' (Ravel)
Un grand sommeil noir (Ravel)
Une barque sur l'océan  Movement 3 of Miroirs (Ravel)
Une lumière irréelle enveloppe le paysage – Danse lente et mystérieuse  Movement 5 of Daphnis et Chloé (Ravel)
Valses nobles et sentimentales (Ravel)
Violin Sonata No 1 in A major (Ravel)
Violin Sonata No 2 in G major (Ravel)
Ye banks and braes o' bonnie Doon  First line to Chanson écossaise, No 5 of Chants populaires (Ravel)
Yithgaddal weyithkaddash scheméh rabba  First line to Kaddisch, No 1 of Deux Mélodies hébraïques (Ravel)
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