L’heure espagnol

Maurice Ravel

28 Feb 2021

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937), along with his elder contemporary Claude Debussy, hated being called an “impressionist”. Ravel was among the first to recognise that gramophone recordings would take music to a wider public.

Ravel was born in Ciboure, near Biarritz. His father, Pierre-Joseph Ravel, was an engineer, inventor and manufacturer and married beneath his status, Marie Delouart: illegitimate and barely literate. The marriage was a happy one and the family moved to Paris where a younger son, Édouard, was born.