Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel

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"I AM BASQUE," Maurice Ravel used to say. Was he?

Certainly not a pure-blooded Basque. "He is a Swiss watchmaker," Igor Stravinsky said, obviously referring to Ravel's music, but his remark also echoed the claim that Maurice Ravel was of Swiss origin, since his father Pierre Joseph Ravel was a French Swiss.

The roots of the composer's family have been found in Collonges-sous-Salève, a small village in the Haute Savoie, where the composer's great-grandfather François Ravez was born in 1769. The last letter in the family's name underwent several changes: thus, for instance, the last name of François was spelled with an "x" in his son Aimé's baptismal certificate, while four years later, when François died in 1804, his last name, written into the Register of the Deceased, was spelled with the letter "t." It has since been . . .

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