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ACTIVE 3/1 - 3/14 Ravel, Maurice

The intriguing life and art of French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), who blended his Swiss-Basque heritage as well as early 20th century jazz into a unique compositional voice. He clashed with teachers at the Paris Conservatory yet maintained his instincts in the modernity of visual art, dance, and literature—all affected by World War I. Works featured in this program include his String Quartet in F Major, Rapsodie Espangole-Malagueña for two pianos, and of course the one-movement orchestral composition, Boléro.

Program 1

We examine Ravel's early life, and how his Swiss-Basque heritage shaped his music.

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Program 2

We learn about the inception of Ravel's Pavane, his favorite composers, and his attempt to compose the most difficult piano music ever written.

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Program 3

We move forward to Ravel's middle years, and watch as he composes miniature pieces, joines the Apaches, meets Stravinsky and finally, enlists in the French army. 

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Program 4

Ravel's dreams of joining the army are thwarted, he composes his Le Tombeau de Couperin, with each movement dedicated to a lost friend, and his Bolero. 

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Program 5

For Ravel with the roaring twenties came late night parties with Bartok, and an encounter with jazz in Paris. 

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