Le tombeau de Couperin, Ravel
Le tombeau de Couperin was composed during a turbulent time in the life of Ravel, a time when he had been emotionally scarred from the effects of war and had lost both his mother and many of his close friends. This composition may have served as the only friend whom Ravel felt comfortable enough to share with his innermost feelings. Autobiographical in nature, this piece follows the transition from Ravel’s carefully nurtured childhood and youth to serious maturity in his post-war adult life. There is personal emotional depth found in this piece, although at first it may appear somewhat hidden behind the classically ordered form and impressionistic harmony. Le tombeau, begun in 1914 and finished in 1917, serves as a bridge between Ravel’s pre- and post-war music.
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"A Bridge over Troubled Water: Le tombeau de Couperin,"
Musical Offerings: Vol. 4
, Article 1.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.cedarville.edu/musicalofferings/vol4/iss2/1
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