Ravel's family had a long association with the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret because of the automobile business of his father and brother. Maurice lived here from 1905 to 1908, and later kept a studio apartment at his brother's house for use when he was visiting town.
Ravel's grave in is the cemetery of Levallois-Perret. The grey stone of polished granite is striking for its lack of ostentation or distinctiveness among the closely packed rows of other middle-class family graves. When he died in 1937 (on 28 December), his body was placed in the grave of his parents; his brother would later be buried there as well. The modern inscription, in gold lettering, reads: MAURICE RAVEL / COMPOSITEUR / 1875 - 1937 . At the top corners of the stone are the names and dates of his father and mother; at the foot of the stone, those of his brother Edouard (d.1960).
Outside the cemetery, and nestling against its high wall, there is another, particularly touching memorial in the Square Maurice Ravel. A tiny sheltered garden, densely planted with flowers and trees, contains a small children's playground, and a plaque on the wall features the profile of the composer of Ma mère l'oye and L'Enfant et les sortilèges.