Monday, March 7, 2022

Mar. 7: Maurice Ravel, French composer


Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was a French composer, pianist and conductor who shot to popular acclaim when his Bolero was used as the soundtrack for the Blake Edwards comedy 10 (which also bought Bo Derek her 15 minutes of fame). The piece was still under copyright at the time, and generated an estimated $1 million in royalties for Ravel's estate, making him the best-selling classical composer 40 years after his death. Among his other notable works is the orchestration for Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, originally a piano suite. He was also among the first composers to recognize the potential of recording to bring their music to a wider public, and was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer in the 1920s and 1930s.


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