Maurice Ravel, composed 'Le tombeau de Couperin' between 1914 and 1917. Each movement is dedicated to the memory of a friend who had died fighting in World War I. When criticized for composing a light-hearted work, rather than a somber one, for such a serious topic, Ravel replied: "The dead are sad enough, in their eternal silence." Tap to listen.
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was a French composer known especially for his melodies, orchestral and instrumental textures and effects. Much of his piano music, chamber music, vocal music and orchestral music has entered the standard concert repertoire. Ravel is perhaps known best for his orchestral work 'Boléro' (1928), which he considered trivial and once described as "a piece for orchestra without music".
Hit incontesté de la musique classique, le “Boléro” de Ravel est désormais libre de droits - Photo prêtée par Marcel Marnat, musicologue et biographe, membre de la Fondation Maurice Ravel - Publié le 2 mai 2016