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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