Maurice Ravel

(1875 - 1937)

Sonata for Violin and Piano “Blues”


If you thought you knew the work of Ravel, you may want to reconsider after listening to this example. WOW!  A very good example of the late style of the composer.  Ravel was quite interested in jazz (and was friendly with George Gershwin), and utilized certain jazz elements in a number of his later works. The huge influx of American soldiers into France at the end of World War I led to the dissemination of American musical ideas into European culture. Soon many composers would be utilizing the “jazz” element, including Ravel, Stravinsky, Milhaud, Hindemith, and others. This is an amazing work!