Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Le tombeau de Couperin

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Maurice Ravel at the piano, 1912 WikiMedia CC, Bibliotheque nationale de France

During the First World War, Maurice Ravel composed a work and dedicated each movement to a fallen friend or colleague. At first, Ravel was criticized because the music has a bright, reflective quality; his response was "The dead are sad enough, in their eternal silence." On Monday's Performance Today, we'll hear Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin, from a concert in Helsinki, Finland. Guest-hosted by Jade Simmons.