Maurice Ravel

By: Cara Peterson

Life

Maurice Ravel lived from 1875-1937, and was born in Ciboure, France. In 1889, aged 14, he enrolled at Paris Conservatoire, where he remained until 1905. On December 28th,1937, he passed away. In his mid fifties, it seemed that he had begun to suffer from the beginnings of dementia. Things got worse on October 8th, 1932, when the cab that he was traveling in collided with another. This caused Ravel to hit the window, and suffer from a severe blow to the head, and he needed stiches. He was badly shaken for the next five years, to the point where he couldn't write letters or the music that was playing in his head correctly. December 7th, 1937, a surgery was carried out on his brain, and he fell into a coma for eleven days, until he died. This information was found at http://www.historytoday.com/richard-cavendish/maurice-ravel-dies-paris. The picture on the right is a picture of Ravel, that I found on http://www.britannica.com/biography/Maurice-Ravel. The picture below is Maurice Ravel sitting at his piano. I found that picture at http://www.historytoday.com/richard-cavendish/maurice-ravel-dies-paris.
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Fun Facts

He was born named Joseph Maurice Ravel to a Swiss father and Basque mother. (http://www.biography.com/people/maurice-ravel-9452457).

This is a Song that he composed. Pavane for Dead Princess

Maurice Ravel - Pavane for Dead Princess

Music Pieces

Maurice Ravel wrote Pavane for Dead Princess, Daphnis et Chloe, and Piano Concerto. He is most known for these pieces, but he also wrote many others.
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This is a picture I found of Ravel composing a piece of music. I found this picture at http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/maurice-ravel-french-composer-1875-1937-pictured-here-at-news-photo/79054097.