Joseph-Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937) was a French composer and pianist of Impressionist music known especially for the subtlety, richness, and poignancy of his melodies, orchestral and instrumental textures and effects. Much of his piano music, chamber music, vocal music and orchestral music have become staples of the concert repertoire. Ravel's piano compositions, such as Jeux d'eau, Miroirs and Gaspard de la Nuit, demand considerable virtuosity from the performer, and his orchestral music, including Daphnis et Chloé and his arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, uses tonal color and variety of sound and instrumentation very effectively.
Ravel is perhaps best known for his orchestral work, Boléro, which he considered trivial and once described as "a piece for orchestra without music." According to SACEM, Ravel's estate earns more royalties than that of any other French musician. According to international copyright law, Ravel's works are public domain since January 1, 2008 in most countries. In France, due to anomalous copyright law extensions to account for the two world wars, they will not enter the public domain until 2015.
Castle captures Ravel's Esoteric and Melodic concepts in a modern Fresh approach to a timeless Classic. The concept was not to try to sound like the original, but to come up with something Unique. A great fit for various moods and genres in Television and Film. Instrumental, Classical, Classical Electronic, Maurice Ravel
Featuring a small chamber group, this musical adaptation of Ravel's Sonatine is ideal for historical dramas and romantic scenarios. With an Impressionistic ambiance, varied orchestral colors and some deviation of tempo with some short pauses. Very French! Instrumental, Classical, 20th Century, Maurice Ravel
Gaspard de la nuit: Trois poèmes pour piano d'après A. Bertrand is a suite of pieces for solo piano by Maurice Ravel (1908). It has three movements, each based on a poem or fantaisie from the collection Gaspard de la Nuit. Based on the poem "Ondine", an oneiric tale of a water fairy singing. Instrumental, Classical, 20th Century, Maurice Ravel
Remake of classical piece by famous composer of 20th century Maurice Ravel. Elegant exotic travel, adventure, epic romance. Perfect movie trailer TV show or PBS documentary about Spain or Spanish conquests. Exciting World Beat, thrilling soaring and triumphant. Regal stately winning. Instrumental, Classical, 20th Century, Maurice Ravel
A dynamic and energetic arrangement of the second movement from Ravel's String Quartet. A velvety rumble-rustle opening gives way to a flowing lyrical section. The romantic harmonies make for feelings of longing, areas of excitement, reflective melancholy, and sophisticated thought. Instrumental, Classical, Romantic, Maurice Ravel
Jeux d’eau is a piece for solo piano by Maurice Ravel. The title is often translated as "Fountains," "Playing water" or literally "Water Games" (see Jeux d'eau, water features in gardens). At the time of writing Jeux d'eau, Ravel was a student of Gabriel Fauré, to whom the piece is dedicated. Instrumental, Classical, 20th Century, Maurice Ravel
Gaspard de la nuit: Trois poèmes pour piano d'après A. Bertrand is a suite of pieces for solo piano by Maurice Ravel (1908). It has three movements, each based on a poem or fantaisie from the collection Gaspard de la Nuit. Based on the poem "Le Gibet", the observer is presented view of the desert. Instrumental, Classical, Classical Piano, Maurice Ravel
Recognisable classical phrases from Ravel's Bollero mixed with electronic contemporary dance beat. Cool percussion section with an ethnic touch, pulsing bass drums and a funky afro bass line. Works well for introducing exotic locations, light-hearted adventure or Club scenes. Instrumental, Dance, Experimental, Maurice Ravel
Trois poèmes pour piano d'après A. Bertrand is a suite of pieces for solo piano by Maurice Ravel (1908). It has three movements, each based on a poem or fantaisie from the collection Gaspard de la Nuit. Based on the poem "Scarbo", this movement depicts the nighttime mischief of a small fiend or gobl, Instrumental, Classical, Classical Piano, Maurice Ravel
Graceful, elegant and somber piano rendition, perfect for tributes to, well, unfortunate babies, princesses, kings and royalty in general. Ideal for heart-tugging scenes of mourning, despair and quiet contemplation. Also known as "Pavane For a Dead Princess". Instrumental, Classical, 20th Century, Maurice Ravel
Listen to the frenzied, intense and fractured strings of this Classical Maurice Ravel composition. Great for psychological dramas, suspenseful films set between 1800-1900, background music on television shows, documentaries focusing on 19th Century historical figures and dramas. Instrumental, Classical, Classical Guitar, Maurice Ravel
Ascending piano unveiling the French Baroque sophistication, Ravel's minuet gives an ancient aura with its medieval modulations. Powerful mid section Ideal for romantic scenes, documentary, history, nature, Discovery, National Geographic, education, cosmetics, spa/hotel, Bulgari, Cartier, Omega. Instrumental, Classical, 20th Century, Maurice Ravel
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