This time, he’d show them. The Paris Conservatoire accepted Ravel as a piano student at age 16, and even though he won a piano competition, more than anything he wanted to compose. But the Conservatory was a hard place. He never won the fugue prize, never won the composition prize, never won anything for writing music and they sent him packing. Twice. He studied with the great Gabriel Fauré, in school and out, but he just couldn’t make any headway with the ruling musical authorities.
Even though we’re in the dead of summer, let’s take an appreciative look at the world around us on Now is the Time, Sunday, July 29th at 10 pm. McClelland and Bathory-Kitsz sing from tradition and wryness, and an excerpt from Gandolfi’s symphony on a sculpture garden is counterpoised by Adler’s classical string orchestra work. It’s American contemporary music on WRTI-HD2 and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.