Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel (photo Tully Potter)
Born: 1875
Died: 1937

Ravel’s greatest significance was in establishing, with Debussy, a distinct French school of music, ridding it of Wagnerian influence. One of the greatest orchestrators in musical history, he put it to use in music ranging from delicate impressionistic pictures to fantasies portraying children and animals.

Explore Ravel's life and music...

Ravel's Boléro – which recording should you buy?

Boléro has attracted interpreters ranging from Pierre Boulez to James Last. Philip Clark seeks out the finest moments of an 80-year recording history... Read more

Ravel Piano Concerto in G, by Pierre-Laurent Aimard

The Frenchman admires this showpiece – but being French isn’t a prerequisite for playing Ravel... Read more

Obituary: Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 - December 28, 1937)

The original Gramophone obituary from February 1938, by Martin Cooper... Read more

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