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Weeknights at 7 p.m. on Classical 90.5
July 27 to July 31
This week we'll enter the personal and musical history of influential composer Maurice Ravel.
We examine Ravel's early life, and how his Spanish and Russian heritage shaped his music.
We learn about the inception of Ravel's Pavane, his favorite composers, and his attempt to compose the most difficult piano music ever written.
We move forward to Ravel's middle years, and watch as he composes minature pieces, joines the Apaches, meets Stravinsky and finally, enlists in the French army.
In this episode of Exploring Music, 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.
For Ravel with the roaring twenties came late night parties with Bartok, and an encounter with jazz in Paris.