Maurice Ravel


Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was a French composer of classical music best known for his innovative piano pieces and orchestral works like Bolero and Daphnis et Chloé. Sometimes called an 'impressionist' composer, much was made of a practically non-existent rivalry with Claude Debussy (1862-1918). Ravel's work is most renowned for its complex yet sophisticated and precise orchestration.

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  • 1875 - 1937
    Life of the French composer Maurice Ravel.
  • 7 Mar 1875
    Maurice Ravel is born in Ciboure in southwest France.
  • 1889
    Maurice Ravel enters the Paris Conservatoire.
  • 1899
    Maurice Ravel composes his piano work Pavane pour une infante défunte.
  • 1901
    Maurice Ravel composes his innovative piano work Jeux d’eau (Fountains).
  • 1903
    Muarice Ravel's orchestral song-cycle Shéhérazade is first performed.
  • 1908
    Maurice Ravel composes his orchestral piece Rapsodie espagnole.
  • 1909
    Maurice Ravel composes his one-act comic opera L’heure espagnole (The Spanish Hour).
  • 1912
    Maurice Ravel completes his ballet Daphnis et Chloé. Later made into an orchestral suite.
  • 1917
    Maurice Ravel composes his Le tombeau de Couperin (The Grave of Couperin) piano suite.
  • 1920
    Maurice Ravel composes his La valse.
  • 1921
    Maurice Ravel buys a villa, La Belvedere, just outside Paris in Montfort-l’Amaury.
  • 1925
    Maurice Ravel composes his opera L’enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells).
  • 1928
    Maurice Ravel composes his innovative orchestral piece Bolero.
  • 1931
    Maurice Ravel writes his two piano concertos.
  • 28 Dec 1937
    Maurice Ravel dies in Paris.