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Maurice Ravel

Joseph Maurice Ravel (7 March 1875 – 28 December 1937) was a French composer, pianist and conductor. He is often associated with Impressionism along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, although both composers rejected the term. In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally regarded as France's greatest living composer.

Born to a music-loving family, Ravel attended France's premier music college, the Paris Conservatoire; he was not well regarded by its conservative establishment, whose biased treatment of him caused a scandal. After leaving the conservatoire, Ravel found his own way as a composer, developing a style of great clarity and incorporating elements of modernism, baroque, neoclassicism and, in his later works, jazz. He liked to experiment with musical form, as in his best-known work, Boléro (1928), in which repetition takes the place of development. Renowned for his abilities in orchestration, Ravel made some orchestral arrangements of other composers' piano music, of which his 1922 version of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition is the best known.

A slow and painstaking worker, Ravel composed fewer pieces than many of his contemporaries. Among his works to enter the repertoire are pieces for piano, chamber music, two piano concertos, ballet music, two operas and eight song cycles; he wrote no symphonies or church music. Many of his works exist in two versions: first, a piano score and later an orchestration. Some of his piano music, such as Gaspard de la nuit (1908), is exceptionally difficult to play, and his complex orchestral works such as Daphnis et Chloé (1912) require skilful balance in performance.

Ravel was among the first composers to recognise the potential of recording to bring their music to a wider public. From the 1920s, despite limited technique as a pianist or conductor, he took part in recordings of several of his works; others were made under his supervision.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 7, 1875 (Ciboure), Died December 28, 1937 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, orchestrator, conductor, arranger, piano

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Recordings (Results 126-150 of 158 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia (U.K.) WLX899 12-in. 3/6/1929 Scènes 6 et 7 : Maintenant, pas de temps à perdre Louis Arnoult ; Hector Dufranne ; Jeanne Krieger ; Georges Truc Vocal trio with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX900 12-in. 3/7/1929 Il n'est pour l'horloger de joie égale Louis Arnoult ; Jean Aubert ; Hector Dufranne ; Raoul Gilles ; Jeanne Krieger ; Georges Truc Mixed vocal quintet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX903 12-in. 3/8/1929 Scènes 14 et 15 : Ah! vous, n'est-ce pas Louis Arnoult ; Jeanne Krieger ; Georges Truc Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX904 12-in. 3/8/1929 Scènes 3 et 4 : Il reste, violà bien ma chance Louis Arnoult ; Jean Aubert ; Jeanne Krieger ; Georges Truc Vocal trio with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX905 12-in. 3/9/1929 Scène 16 : Voilà ce que j'appelle une femme charmante Jean Aubert ; Jeanne Krieger ; Georges Truc Vocal duet (soprano and tenor), with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX906 12-in. 3/9/1929 Scène 4, fin et 5 : Oui, mon ami, dépêchons-nous Louis Arnoult ; Jean Aubert ; Jeanne Krieger ; Georges Truc Vocal trio with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX907 12-in. 3/9/1929 Un financier, et un poète Louis Arnoult ; Jean Aubert ; Hector Dufranne ; Raoul Gilles ; Jeanne Krieger ; Georges Truc Mixed vocal quintet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX908 12-in. 3/9/1929 Scène 12, fin, scène [13] : Don Inigo Jean Aubert ; Hector Dufranne ; Jeanne Krieger ; Georges Truc Vocal trio with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX912 12-in. 3/11/1929 Scènes 17 et 18 : Oh! la pitoyable aventure Louis Arnoult ; Jean Aubert ; Jeanne Krieger ; Georges Truc Vocal trio with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX913 12-in. 3/11/1929 Scène 1, fin; Scène 2 Mon oncle, le toréador Jean Aubert ; Raoul Gilles ; Jeanne Krieger ; Georges Truc Vocal trio with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX914 12-in. 3/11/1929 Scènes 8 et 9 : Voila, et maintenant à l'autre Jean Aubert ; Hector Dufranne ; Jeanne Krieger ; Georges Truc Vocal trio with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX915 12-in. 3/11/1929 Scènes 10, 11, 12 : Voilà ce que j'appelle une femme charmante Jean Aubert ; Hector Dufranne ; Jeanne Krieger ; Georges Truc Vocal trio with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX961 12-in. 4/3/1929 Le paon Jane Bathori ; Jane Bathori Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX962 12-in. 4/3/1929 Le grillon; Le Martin-Pêcheur Jane Bathori ; Jane Bathori Mezzo-soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL1196 10-in. 6/20/1928 Jeux d'eau, 1re partie Robert Casadesus Piano solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL1197 10-in. 6/20/1928 Jeux d'eau, 2e partie Robert Casadesus Piano solo composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1524 12-in. 4/20/1931 Tzigane Maurice Faure ; Zino Francescatti Violin, with piano composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1525 12-in. 4/20/1931 Tzigane Maurice Faure ; Zino Francescatti Violin, with piano composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL1571 10-in. 4/4/1929 Pièce en forme de habanera Maurice Faure ; Maurice Maréchal Cello solo, with piano composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1593 12-in. 4/14/1932 Concerto pour piano et orchestre Marguerite Long ; Maurice Ravel Piano, with orchestra conductor, composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1594 12-in. 4/14/1932 Concerto pour piano et orchestre Marguerite Long ; Maurice Ravel Piano, with orchestra conductor, composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1595 12-in. 4/14/1932 Concerto pour piano et orchestre Marguerite Long ; Maurice Ravel Piano, with orchestra composer, conductor  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1596 12-in. 4/14/1932 Concerto pour piano et orchestre Marguerite Long ; Maurice Ravel Piano, with orchestra composer, conductor  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1597 12-in. 4/14/1932 Concerto pour piano et orchestre Marguerite Long ; Maurice Ravel Piano, with orchestra conductor, composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WLX1598 12-in. 4/14/1932 Pavane pour une infante défunte Luís de Freitas Branco ; Jean Fernand Devémy Orchestra, with horn solo composer  
(Results 126-150 of 158 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ravel, Maurice," accessed April 19, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102534.

Ravel, Maurice. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 19, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102534.

"Ravel, Maurice." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 April 2024.

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