An Investigation into the Multi-Cultural Influences on the Piano Trio and Other Works for Piano in Ensemble by Maurice Ravel

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2008

Project Description/Abstract

Much research has been done concerning the other great musical impressionist, Claude Debussy, and his fusion of non-western traditions in his musical style but until recently little scholarship existed concerning Maurice Ravel and the undercurrent of Basque and non-western influences on his music. This project will examine existing historical texts and letters by Ravel as well as study Basque musical traditions to more clearly define the degree to which the great French composer included Basque and other musical traditions in his compositional style. By better understanding the influence of Basque and other traditions on this music, a more accurate performance can be produced.

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