Maurice Ravel is widely recognised as one of the most important French composers of the 20th century, alongside Claude Debussy. Known in particular for his mastery of orchestral textures, Ravel’s music places him firmly at the forefront of the Impressionist movement.
Although he frequently looked to the musical traditions of Spain for inspiration, Ravel turned to Jewish culture for his Two Hebrew Melodies. Composed in 1914 whilst in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, both the Jewish liturgy (Kaddish) and traditional Yiddish verse (l’Énigme éternelle) are used as sources.
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