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Famous Composers: Maurice Ravel [VHS]

 NR |  VHS Tape
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • VHS Release Date: June 26, 2001
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005M2GJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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French composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) was a major force in the history of 20th Century music. He was strongly attracted to abstract, logical musical structures. His vivid, transparent orchestral colors rank him as one of the modern masters of orchestration.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Too short a film to make it worthwhile November 7, 2013
By Richard
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The film was a mere 35 minutes long - not nearly enough time to delve into this subject too deeply.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Life of an Impressionist Composer June 24, 2007
This work focused on Ravel's influences and collaborations. It does not provide much coverage about how he produced works and why he chose A and B elements over C and D when composing. I usually equate Basque people with Spain, but Ravel was a French citizen who was half Basque. They say he was short; he could be added with Prince, Napoleon, Santos-Dumas, and other famous short men. Though the work says he has detractors, there's still a way in which it implies that he was instantly and always praised. The narrator says, "Ravel was never known to have a lover of either sex, but he had an intense dynamic with M. Fargue." I really think this was the program's way of diplomatically saying, "We can't prove it, but if we were betting men we'd say Ravel was gay." The work has much writing on the screen, I am not sure why they didn't trust viewers to understand the narrator who spoke clearly. This is a British production and thus uses British spellings and contractions.
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