The man behind the Gymnopedies
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Ravel: 15 facts about the great composer
3. The man behind the Gymnopedies
The young Maurice Ravel was captivated by new music coming out of Russia, particularly Rimsky-Korsakov’s. He was also introduced by his father to Erik Satie, pictured, whose distinctive personality and unorthodox music had a strong influence on Ravel.