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Maurice Ravel

Composer and Pianist Maurice Ravel

Full Name: Joseph Maurice Ravel
Profession: Composer and Pianist


Why Famous: Daphnis et Chloé; Boléro

Born: March 7, 1875
Birthplace: Ciboure, France
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: December 28, 1937 (aged 62)

Historical Events

  • 1900-01-06 Maurice Ravel's "Albaradode Gracioso" premieres in Paris
  • 1901-11-11 Maurice Ravel composition "Jeux d'eau" premieres
  • 1902-04-05 Maurice Ravel's "Pavane pour une infante defunte (Pavane for A Dead Princess)" premieres in Paris, performed by Spanish pianist Ricardo Viñes
  • 1904-05-17 Maurice Ravel's song cycle "Shéhérazade" premieres with Jeanne Hatto as soprano, at the Salle Nouveau Théâtre, Paris, France
  • 1906-01-06 Maurice Ravel's "Miroirs" premieres in Paris
  • 1906-03-10 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Sonatine"
  • 1908-03-15 1st performance of Maurice Ravel's "Rapsodie Espagnole"
  • 1911-05-19 Maurice Ravel's opera "L'Heure Espagnole" premieres at the Opéra-Comique, Paris, France
  • 1920-02-28 Maurice Ravel's orchestral suite "Le tombeau de Couperin" premieres in Paris
  • 1920-12-12 Maurice Ravel's ballet "La Valse" premieres in Paris
  • 1928-11-22 "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel first performed publicly (Paris)
  • 1949-12-20 Maurice Ravel and John Cranko's ballet "Beauty & the Beast" premieres
  • 1984-02-14 Britain's Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean famously dominate the ice dancing at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics; perform to Maurice Ravel's "Bolero" in free dance routine; record 9-of-9 perfect scores for artistic impression