Ravel was born on this day in 1875

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French impressionistic composer of the 20th century
clues: “Bolero” composer; Debussy contemporary; "Concerto for the Left Hand" composer; French composer; “Jeux d’eau” composer
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I did my work slowly, drop by drop. I tore it out of me by pieces. ~ Maurice Ravel

Joseph-Maurice Ravel (born March 7, 1875 in Ciboure, France; died December 28, 1937 in Paris) was a French composer and pianist, known especially for the subtlety, richness and poignancy of his music. His piano, chamber-music and orchestral works have become staples of repertoire.

Ravel's piano compositions, such as Miroirs and Gaspard de la Nuit, are virtuosic, and his orchestrations, as in Daphnis et Chloé and his arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, are notable for their effective use of tonal color and variety of sound and instrumentation.

To the general public, Ravel is probably best known for his orchestral work, Boléro, which he considered trivial and once described as "a piece for orchestra without music."

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