Maurice Ravel was born in the Basque region of France in 1875. His father was Swiss by birth and won a prize for piano playing as a youth. Later he settled on a mechanical career. This might explain why some of his music seems to be inspired by the delight he found in clockworks and mechanical toys. Also as the son of a Swiss engineer, his musical craftsmanship was always superb. Ravel died in 1937. He composed a large body of work, also providing orchestrations for previous pieces. Of all his compositions, Bolero is doubtless the one best known.
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Directory of mp3s on the internet that have been made available by the performing artists.
Classical Archives: Maurice Ravel
Biography, complete files offered in MIDI, MP3, and Windows Media audio formats, including live recordings of featured artists.
House of Maurice Ravel
Background information and photograph of his birth home references his ongoing attachment to the town of Ciboure, where he later composed Bolero. Includes link to church where he was baptized.
Biography, historical introductions to some of his major works, and Real Audio RAM recordings of selected pieces.
Filmography at IMDb listing movies and television shows using or based on his music. Includes basic biography and trivia.
Maurice Ravel Frontispice
Documented information about his works, life, friends, and personality, including religion, love, style, politics.
Maurice Ravel: The Swiss Watchmaker of Music
Brief biography, key works, suggested reading, timeline, recommended recordings, and quotes from Humanities Web.
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