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Saturday, August 20, 2016 Permalink

The Debussy-Ravel Connection

Claude Debussy (L) and Maurice Ravel


Maurice Ravel's String Quartet was rejected by the Paris Conservatory in 1904, and received less than glowing reviews from the French press.

The public, however, gave it a thumbs-up. And, perhaps more important, composer Claude Debussy told Ravel, “In the name of the gods of music . . . do not touch a single note you have written in your Quartet.”

Debussy was speaking from experience, for 10 years earlier, his own string quartet had made its debut to less than glowing reviews.

In this hour, the links between the two composers and their string quartets—in each case, the only one that either would ever write.


Ravel/Suk Quartets             Panocha Quartet                     Supraphon SU 3855-2 131    099925385521              

Debussy/Ravel Quartets    Berg Quartet
EMI Classics 9659392            5099996593929

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