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Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
(Article ID: 221 - republished on Sun 26/01/2020 from artissimo.gr)

NATIONALITY
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Maurice Ravel was French.

IN GENERAL
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Ravel is one of the most important representatives of Neoclassicism in France, even if his art had clearly different direction from the course of the team "Les Six". Influenced by Debussy, but with abstracter thought than him and of course being more "classic", Ravel wrote bright music, with genuine French finesse, which made powerful impression to his audience. Ravel had also very good attempts in the composition for piano and in the songs.

STYLE
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Ravel's style is full of taste and finish, with a tendency for rich harmonic vocabulary and timbral language, but also with inclination to remain always in the limits of classic practice. Ravel's orchestrations are bright and full of imagination and talent. In a lot of his works Ravel used a colour of popular Spanish music as well as various elements of jazz, without alienating, however, the character of his music. Ravel's piano style had exceptional results in his craft of composition, as high were also Ravel's records in composing music based on verses of French (and non-French) poets. Even if Ravel had the smaller influence in the development of modern ideas compared to any great master of the century, nevertheless, he himself had the bigger influence in the popular musical imagination.

WORKS
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Ravel's output is of great interest - Theatre : The Spanish Hour (comical opera), The Child and the Enchantments (lyric fantasia), 4 ballets. Instrumental music : Daphne and Chloe, Spanish Rhapsody, Bolero, Sheherazade, orchestration of Mussorgsky's work "Pictures at an Exhibition". Chamber Music : string quartet, overture and allegro, Trio(s) with piano, sonatas, lullaby. Works for piano : Pavane for a Dead Princess, Water Games, Sonatina, Mirrors, Mother Goose, 2 concerts (the one for the left hand). Vocal music : 3 songs, 3 Mallarme's poems, 5 Greek popular melodies, 3 songs of Don Quixote to Dulcinea.


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Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)



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