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Maurice Ravel

March 7, 1875 - December 28, 1937
born in Ciboure, Basses-Pyrénées, France, composed during the Modern period
French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), along with Claude Debussy, was a prime exemplar of Impressionism, one of the most significant and influential musical movements of the 20th century. A meticulous craftsman and unsurpassed orchestrator, Ravel created music notable for its luminous and evocative use of tone color and for the clarity and elegance of its form. His best-known works include the ballet Daphnis et Chloé, the orchestral piece La Valse, the piano pieces Jeux d'eaux and Gaspard de la nuit, and the String Quartet. His Boléro is one of the most familiar and frequently performed orchestral compositions of the 20th century. ~ Stephen Eddins, Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Daphnis & Chloe / Mother Goose Suite

Title: Daphnis Et Chloé, Ballet For Orchestra
Title: Ma Mère L'oye, Ballet For Orchestra
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Track List: Ravel Songs (Histoires Naturelles, Chanccons Madécasses)

Disc 1
Title: Chants Populaires, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)
Title: Chanson Du Rouet, Song For Voice & Piano
Title: Noël Des Jouets, Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)
Title: Deux Mélodies Hébraïques, For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)
Title: Epigrammes De Clément Marot, Songs (2) For Voice & Harpsichord (or Piano)
Title: Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Un Grand Sommeil Noir, Song For Voice & Piano
Title: Manteau De Fleurs, Song Or Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)
Title: Si Morne!, Song For Voice & Piano
Title: Don Quichotte À Dulcinée, Song Cycle For Voice & Orchestra (or Piano)
Disc 2
Title: Histoires Naturelles, Song Cycle For Voice & Piano
Title: Ballade De La Reine Morte D'aimer, For Voice & Piano
Title: Tripatos, For Voice & Piano
Title: Trois Chansons, For Chorus (or Voice & Piano)
Title: Ronsard À Son Âme, Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)
Title: Les Grands Vents Venus D'Outre-mer, For Voice & Piano
Title: Sainte, Song For Voice & Piano (or Orchestra)
Title: Sur L'herbe, For Voice & Piano
Title: Rêves, Song For Voice & Piano
Title: Vocalise-étude En Forme De Habanera, For Voice & Piano
Title: Chansons Madécasses, Song Cycle For Soprano, Flute, Cello & Piano
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Track List: Ravel: Boléro

Disc 1
Title: Boléro, Ballet For Orchestra (Or Piano)
Title: Miroirs, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Ma Mère L'oye, Ballet For Orchestra
Title: Miroirs, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Rhapsodie Espagnole, For Orchestra (Or 2 Pianos)
Disc 2
Title: La Valse, Poème Choréographique For Orchestra
Title: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Le Tombeau De Couperin, For Orchestra
Title: Valses (8) Nobles Et Sentimentales, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Menuet Antique, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Fanfare, For Orchestra (for Collaborative Ballet L'eventail De Jeanne)
Title: Daphnis Et Chloé, Suite No. 2 For Orchestra
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Track List: Ravel: Complete Works For Solo Piano

Disc 1
Title: Sérénade Grotesque, For Piano
Title: Menuet Antique, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Jeux D'eau, For Piano
Title: Sonatine for piano
Title: Miroirs, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Disc 2
Title: Gaspard De La Nuit, For Piano
Title: Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn, for piano
Title: Valses (8) Nobles Et Sentimentales, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Prélude, For Piano
Title: À la manière de. . . , for piano
Title: Le Tombeau De Couperin, For Piano
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Track List: Ravel: Daphnis Et Chloe

Title: Daphnis Et Chloé, Ballet For Orchestra
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Track List: Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Valses Nobles Et Sentimentales; Gaspard De La Nuit; Le Tombeau De Couperin; La Valse

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Track List: Ravel: Piano Works

Disc 1
Title: Gaspard De La Nuit, For Piano
Title: Valses (8) Nobles Et Sentimentales, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Jeux D'eau, For Piano
Title: Miroirs, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Disc 2
Title: Sonatine for piano
Title: Le Tombeau De Couperin, For Piano
Title: Prélude, For Piano
Title: Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn, for piano
Title: À la manière de. . . , for piano
Title: Menuet Antique, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: À la manière de. . . , for piano
Title: Ma Mère L'oye, For Piano, 4 Hands (Or Orchestra)
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Track List: Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music

Disc 1
Title: Gaspard De La Nuit, For Piano
Title: Sonatine for piano
Title: Miroirs, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: La Valse, Poème Choréographique For Piano Or 2 Pianos
Disc 2
Title: Le Tombeau De Couperin, For Piano
Title: Menuet, For Piano In C Sharp Minor
Title: Menuet Antique, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Sérénade Grotesque, For Piano
Title: Jeux D'eau, For Piano
Title: Prélude, For Piano
Title: Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn, for piano
Title: À la manière de. . . , for piano
Title: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Valses (8) Nobles Et Sentimentales, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
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Track List: Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music

Disc 1
Title: Menuet Antique, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Sonatine for piano
Title: Valses (8) Nobles Et Sentimentales, For Piano (Or Orchestra)
Title: Le Tombeau De Couperin, For Piano
Disc 2
Title: Sérénade Grotesque, For Piano
Title: Jeux D'eau, For Piano
Title: Gaspard De La Nuit, For Piano
Title: Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn, for piano
Title: Prélude, For Piano
Title: À la manière de. . . , for piano
Title: Miroirs, For Piano (Or Orchestra)

Comments

Beautiful, my favorite symphony ever! Love it!!!!
creepozoidfr e a k
Simply beautiful!
Bolero. OOO ROMANTIC. Nice. :-)
kbkaiser01
Every time I hear this music, it reminds me of the exquisite performance of the English ice dancers Torvill and Dean to this piece of music in the 1984 Olympics
One of the most spectacular pieces of music and annimation I've ever seen was a claymation productoion of Darwin's theory of evolution set to Ravel's Bolero. . . absolutely stunning!!!
purple22w
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ebucklein
Great piece. But as I've been at my laptop for 3+ hours desiring great classical music, this very same selection has come up 4x. What does this say about Pandora's outreach to music lovers with different tastes, than the prime demographic?
Beautiful!
purple22w
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Morris wrote some catchy tunes.
att3335
hey, how's everything ?
tdjackson6
Ravel is awesome. Probably one of the masters of orchestratio n , right up there with the best of them. But seriously, that ancestry-dot - c o m commercial has just beat this pizzicato string quartet into the ground. Friggin ads...
surveyrde
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
duomento
about Bolero: more of an experiment -- though a truly beguiling one -- than a fully formed piece of music. As Ravel himself said of it, C'est une blague - it's a prank.
Ravel also did the best known orchestratio n of Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition. Master craftsman and artist he was. Pavane pour une Infante Defunte has that wonderful delicate horn solo...
Maurice Ravel is among my favorite composers and this Sonatine is a great example of his elegant style. Check out Le Tombeau de Couperin.
stevenklein5 1
Piano Concerto in G major - wonderful piece. Do yourself a favor and listen to Herbie Hancock's performance of this on his Gershwin album.
One of my favorite, one of the few songs I know that can make you melancholy and happy at the same time
I just really discovered Chopin recently. Like Mozart's prolific 35 years Choplin only had 39 years of his absolute genius inwhich he left us an increadably bueatyful body of work. You don't get through it with out a hankie....or two...or three...a box. Imbarrasing. DMB
Art has a frequentcy. Much of contemporary art is course, ragged, harsh and unlovely. Or it can be high, fine, aestetic and bueatyful. The human spirit is as well a vibration level that finds harmony or discord with art. It's what you are in harmony with and do or don't find affinity and agreement in. I'm resonating. How about you? DMB
Maurice Ravel, an absolute legacy of aestetics. I just waiting for his Bolero. The one in my head is getting a little worn. DMB
pavante pour une infante defunte for piano is one the most beautifulest songs by ravel. one i remember putting into the cassette player and using to woo me to sleep every night almost. absolutely love this composition
howardwoodwa r d 7 5
As a kid, Ravel's Sonatine for piano was the most beautiful music I had heard. It is so disarmingly innocent, and pure. I must still be a kid, Sonatine is still a favorite along with Ravel's song cycle Sheherazade and his Piano Trio.
I remember when I first bought a Ravel's disc. featuring the Bolero, I must have played it continuosly for a season. Let me just add,also, that when I first bought John Coltrane's A Love Supreme I did the same. Gracias Meastros. Genius has no color and cares not what medium it performs on.
Evocative and luscious, yet also refined and elegant - the unique combination that is Ravel.
I finally learned Ondine! Wow. Now if I go finish Gaspard and then go on to Alborada del Gracioso, which is--IMHO--hi s masterpiece for piano. What an artist. Without rival!
great
christine.cl o v e r
His Tombeau de Couperin was written for friends who had fallen in the Great War - so sad but beautiful
And, oh yes, God Bless you, Meastro Faure, for all you gave , and all you gave Ravel...the perfect springboard, you, for all that was to come!
For his solo piano, there are simply no words, and yet I long to go on and on! For Le Tombeau, for Minuet Antigue, for them all, Ravel, I thank and adore you with all my heart! In heaven we finally shall meet...
bee27534
Bill McLaughlin has done several shows on Ravel on his "Exploring Music" that I listen to on NPR.
In addition to being very thin, the bio here neglects to share that in addition to his genius, Ravel was a humble, generous and kind colleague to any and all that came to him.
Also, I just caught the magical "L'enfant est les Sortileges" performed on Classical TV. Geez I love internet TV and radio!
Lovely comment, Edward!
Bolero for me.
the most harmonic of the early 20th century french composers; also, with the most surprises!
Oh, the colors. Simply wonderful!
Listening to Daphnis and Chloe with memories of having played on the "orchestra only" version of this piece with San Francisco Youth Symphony. Yay! Beautiful music!
I agree with Robert Bonfante. I bought an conductor's full score of Daphnis and Chloe to learn how to orchestrate.
Ravel,if we had composers dueling with music and instruments instead of wars with weapons, Ravel would be herr feldmarshall .
Undertaken the wonder of learning Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte" on the guitar. When I get that down I'm going to get my law license and learn how to fly the space shuttle while performing an occasional brain surgery.....
Hands down the greatest orchestrator to ever do it. The only other composer to come close to that level of mastery is Stravinsky, but Ravel is better.
just_meef
I thoroughly enjoyed "Bolero" just now. :)
I agree the bio is extremely thin. He is one of my favorite composers. My favorite work by him is Le Tombeau de Couperin. Beautiful movements! Breathtaking actually!
Immaginative and colorful tones.
hcarey5129
bio is to thin!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
many sources for/referenc e s to "En Forme De Habanera" can be found using Google. (I just did)
Love Ravel but someone please help me. cannot find "En Forme De Habanera" from movie "The Deep End". have looked in many places.
gshowman
While I'm not a Ravel expert, I think his chamber music is his best work -- it somehow feels 'deeper' than his orchestral work, which tends to be focused on a single mood or impression, in my opinion. I strongly encourage people who like what they hear on Pandora to listen to the piano trio, the string quartet, the duet for cello and violin (this one is especially punchy), etc.
kenartis
very cool
AT age 13 is when I fell in love with "Bolero" it made me excited about flamenco and spanish guitar for some reason.
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