Ravel

French Composer of Impressionist Music Legacy

Best Seats to see Ravel

Upcoming Events Calendar

Apr 12

Fri . 12:00 PM

North Carolina Symphony - Ravel & Rodrigo

Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts - Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, NC

Apr 12

Fri . 08:00 PM

North Carolina Symphony - Ravel & Rodrigo

Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts - Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, NC

Apr 12

Fri . 10:30 PM

Tucson Symphony Orchestra - Holst’s Planets

Linda Ronstadt Music Hall, Tucson, AZ

Apr 13

Sat . 08:00 PM

North Carolina Symphony - Ravel & Rodrigo

Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts - Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, NC

Apr 14

Sun . 05:00 PM

Tucson Symphony Orchestra - Holst’s Planets

Linda Ronstadt Music Hall, Tucson, AZ

Apr 18

Thu . 07:30 PM

The Cleveland Orchestra - Yuja Wang Plays Ravel & Stravinsky

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance Music Center, Cleveland, OH

Apr 19

Fri . 07:30 PM

The Cleveland Orchestra - Yuja Wang Plays Ravel & Stravinsky

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance Music Center, Cleveland, OH

Apr 20

Sat . 08:00 PM

The Cleveland Orchestra - Yuja Wang Plays Ravel & Stravinsky

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance Music Center, Cleveland, OH

Apr 20

Sat . 10:30 PM

Las Vegas Philharmonic - The Firebird!

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV

May 16

Thu . 07:30 PM

The Philadelphia Orchestra - Salonen Conducts Daphnis and Chloe

Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA
Maurice Ravel, a French composer who lived from 1875 to 1937, may not be touring the United States, but his compositions continue to draw people into concert halls. If you're unfamiliar with Ravel, it's high time to change that; the composer of "Bolero" has much more to offer. An evening with his compositions will often include everything from emotionally charged piano pieces to innovative orchestral works.

Surprisingly, you don't have to go to Paris to hear the best renditions of Ravel's compositions. For example, the Lyric Theatre in Stuart, Florida, hosted a unique evening dedicated entirely to Ravel’s oeuvre. It's one of those smaller venues where every seat feels like the best seat, but opt for rows 4 through 10 for the optimal balance of sight and sound.

When it comes to larger venues, consider the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. It has hosted performances of Ravel's music by multiple orchestras. Here, you'd want to avoid the upper galleries if you can. The best seats are generally located in the front rows of the lower levels, where the orchestra's sound resonates best.

Ravel’s music often finds itself in company with other great composers, enhancing the concert-going experience. You might find his "Pavane pour une infante defunte" featured alongside Debussy's "Clair de Lune" or his orchestration of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" paired with Stravinsky.

Ticket prices for a concert featuring Ravel's works fluctuate depending on the prestige of the orchestra and the venue. In smaller locations, tickets can start as low as $25, which usually places you in the general seating areas. For larger venues, prices may start at $45 for nosebleed sections and can go up to $150 for premium, up-close experience.

Attending a Ravel concert is more than just sitting through a performance. His compositions, often complex yet emotionally accessible, demand a level of engagement that's rewarding for both seasoned classical music lovers and newcomers. His knack for instrumentation and texture make his works an aural feast. One listen to "Daphnis et Chloe" or his String Quartet in F Major, and you’ll understand why his compositions remain Cornerstones in the classical repertoire.

Ravel's influence reaches beyond just classical circles. Jazz musicians have admired and adapted his harmonic language, and his compositions have been featured in numerous films and television shows, affirming his laSting impact on the broader Musical landscape.

The allure of Ravel’s music lies in its intricate balance of intellectual rigor and emotional depth. His works tap into a wide range of feelings, from the playfulness of his "Le Tombeau de Couperin" to the haunting beauty of his "La Valse." Each performance becomes a journey into the landscape of human emotion, guided by some of the most evocative music ever penned. So if you're looking for a transformative musical experience, a concert featuring Ravel's compositions is not to be missed. Seating matters, so aim for the best seats to fully appreciate the nuances. A Ravel concert is an opportunity for a deep emotional and intellectual engagement, promising an unforgettable evening.

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is Ravel famous for?
Best known for "Boléro," a seminal work in classical music.
Why was Ravel expelled from the Conservatoire de Paris?
He was expelled for not winning top prizes, which was a policy.
Did Ravel serve in the military?
Yes, he served in WWI as a truck driver.
How did Ravel impact impressionist music?
Contributed substantially, evolving the form along with Claude Debussy.
What happened to his health?
His health deteriorated during WWI but he continued to compose.

Interesting Information about Ravel

  • Maurice Ravel was a French composer born in 1875.
  • Pioneer in impressionist music alongside Claude Debussy.
  • Created "Boléro," one of the most performed orchestral pieces.
  • Drafted for WWI, his health suffered but creativity soared.
  • Expelled from the Conservatoire de Paris twice, still succeeded.