Maurice Ravel (1875–1937), a musician of the highest order, died in a state of dementia. A genius of orchestration, a successful experimenter in musical forms and styles; he was at his best when given to composing small-scale constructions. His musical miniatures combine an extraordinary expressiveness with an unparalleled, almost mechanical precision. The latter quality provoked Stravinsky into calling him a “Swiss clock-maker of music”.
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