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Ravel: La Valse

Maurice Ravel
B. March 7, 1875, Ciboure, France
D. Dec. 28, 1937, Paris, France

Ravel began sketching his symphonic poem, Vienna, as early as 1907, intending to musically depict the city of Vienna — a work to be cast, naturally, as a grand orchestral waltz. At the time, the composer had yet to visit the Austrian capital, but felt he “knew” the city intimately by way of its musical legacy. By 1914, he had begun to orchestrate the work, but soon stopped as hostilities escalated and war seemed imminent. In his letters he complained that the times were not suitable for a work titled, Vienna. READ MORE



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Ravel: Pavane for a Dead Princess

Maurice Ravel
B. March 7, 1875, Ciboure, France
D. Dec. 28, 1937, Paris, France

The Pavane is a stately dance of Spanish origin. It flourished in the early 1500s, but latter-day composers have occasionally revived the form. None did so more successfully than Maurice Ravel, whose Pavane for a Dead Princess is the most famous pavane in the orchestral literature. READ MORE



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