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Maurice Ravel
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    (March 7, 1875-December 28, 1937)
    Best known for his orchestral work ‘Bolèro (1928)’
    Wrote ‘Sheherezade (1903),’ ‘Valses nobles et sentimentales (1912)’ ‘Daphnis and Chloe (1912)’ and ‘Le Tombeau de Couperin (1919)’
    Wrote in an ‘Impressionistic’ style
    He was a mama’s boy.
    He was short.
    He was a drunken rabble-rouser as a student.
    When he didn’t win a music prize at college, he dropped out.
    He had sex with many prostitutes.
    He could laugh at himself.
    He didn’t think American composers should simply imitate European ones.
    When George Gershwin said he wanted to study with him, Ravel said: ‘Why should you be a second-rate Ravel when you can be a first-rate Gershwin?’
    He liked jazz and folk music.
    He survived a car crash that caused severe brain damage.
    He had experimental surgery to correct it, but the operation failed.
    Duke Ellington was a big fan.
    His ‘Bolèro’ inspired a sexy movie with Bo Derek.

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