Maurice Ravel


Birthday March 7, 1875

Birth Sign Pisces

Birthplace Ciboure, France

DEATH DATE Dec 28, 1937 (62)

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One of the pioneers of Impressionist music who was best known for his 1928 orchestral work "Boléro." He refused the Legion d'honneur when the French government offered it to him in 1920.

Before Fame

He was trained by the famed Émile Descombes while attending the Conservatoire de Paris.


He hated "Boléro," his most famous work, and considered it "a piece for orchestra without music" and trivial in the extreme. His music--especially "Jeux d'eau," --demanded virtuosity in skills from those who sought to master it.

Family Life

He was born to Marie Delouart, who was of Basque descent, and Joseph Ravel, who was a Swiss inventor and industrialist.

Associated With

He met the American composer George Gershwin while visiting New York City.