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Ravel-Great Composers - 6884

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Along with Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel helped to usher in the Impressionist movement. Ravel is known for his varied instrumentation, his use of traditional structures to present innovative harmonies, and his wide range of influences, which included jazz, folk, and Asian music. This artistic documentary uses Ravel's beautiful "String Quartet in F Major" to tell the composer's story. One of the most fascinating figures of his time, Ravel began as an only average student at the Paris Conservatoire. He eventually joined a raucous group of iconoclasts called the "Apaches" and dedicated himself to music for life. At various times a Parisian dandy, a soldier, and a celebrity, Ravel lived through the Belle Epoch and the Roaring Twenties. Although he never married, he had several long-term affairs, and remained deeply devoted to his mother throughout his life. This man of contradiction and imagination is conjured here by the Canadian ensemble Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc, and is presented as four dance segments separated by documentary vignettes. Fascinated by what the world had to offer, Ravel explored the child's imagination as assiduously as the technologies of automation, maintaining a deep appreciation for both, and lending the title of this documentary, THE AUTOMATON AND THE MAGIC SPELL.System Requirements:Running Time: 52 MinutesFormat: DVD MOVIE


Manufacturer Koch International
Mfg Part# 6884
SKU 202646156
UPC 842977068849
UPC 14 00842977068849
DVD, Widescreen
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