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Maurice Ravel
(1875 - 1937)

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1875 Born 7 March in Ciboure, France; son of a Swiss-French engineer and Basque mother
1882 Begins music studies
1889 Enters Paris Conservatoire de Musique
1897 Continues studies with the composer Gabriel Fauré
1899 Composes first well-known piece, Pavane pour une infante défunte
1909 Meets Stravinsky through the avant-garde musical group "Les Apaches"
1912 Paris premiere of ballet Daphnis and Chloë
1914 Rejected for frontline military service in World War I, so he joins the army as a truck driver
1928 Writes his famous Boléro; concert tour of U.S.
1932 A car crash worsens his symptoms of dementia
1937 Dies 28 December in Paris after an unsuccessful brain operation
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