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He wrote the ice skaters’ favourite Bolero, a jazzy Piano Concerto and a Pavane for a Dead Princess. Find out more about the complex composer Maurice Ravel.
The Pavane pour une infante defunte was written as a piano piece for Princesse Edmond de Polignac, whose father was Isaac Singer, the famous sewing machine manufacturer. Ravel was at pains to point out that, despite the title, the piece is not a funeral lament but ‘rather an evocation of the pavane that might have been danced by such a little princess as painted by Velazquez.’
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