Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel

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Author Profession: French Composer
Born: March 07, 1875
Died: December 28, 1937
Birth Sign: Pisces

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For Debussy the musician and the man I have had profound admiration, but by nature I'm different from him. I think I have always personally followed a direction opposed to that of the symbolism of Debussy.

The only love affair I have ever had was with music.

Remember that I wrote a pavane for a dead princess, and not a dead pavane for a princess!

Music, I feel, must be emotional first and intellectual second.

We should always remember that sensitiveness and emotion constitute the real content of a work of art.

I begin by considering an effect.

I did my work slowly, drop by drop. I tore it out of me by pieces.

You might lose your spontaneity and, instead of composing first-rate Gershwin, end up with second rate Ravel.

My intention here is to make it clear that not a single cell of my composition, here in regard to The Raven, is found by chance or intuition, that the composition moved towards perfection with the precision and inevitability of a mathematical equation.

I am not one of the great composers. All the great have produced enormously. There is everything in their work - the best and the worst, but there is always quantity. But I have written relatively little.

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger today

I have always loved cashmere and knitwear is the first thing I'm drawn to when shopping - even if I don't need any. Claudia Schiffer

I can be a nice person, but if someone is messing with someone I care about, the tougher side comes out a little more. Daniella Alonso

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