Sunday 18 September 2016

Sunday WW1 Remembered..

Musicians of The Great War

Joseph Maurice Ravel (1837 - 1937) was a French composer, pianist and conductor,  born in the Basque town of Ciboure in France. During the war Ravel tried to enlist in the French Air Force as a pilot but both his age and health thwarted his ambition, so instead he joined the Thirteenth  Artillery Regiment as a lorry driver. He was distressed by what he saw during his war years and composed little, however his most substantial wartime composition Le Tombeau de Couperin was composed between 1914 - 1917 and each movement is dedicated to one of Ravel's friends who was lost during these years.

Le Tombeau de Couperin


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