Travels

Ravel drew inspiration for many of his compositions from other countries and other cultures, but it was only later in his life that he became a regular traveller. Until he was 30 he seems not to have travelled outside France, and the few concerts which he gave prior to the First World War were in Great Britain. Through the 1920s the growth of his international fame was matched by a steady increase in the number of trips that he made abroad. His most ambitious venture was the concert tour of North America in 1928 which lasted for nearly four months.

His relationship with individual countries is described in more detail on separate pages:

Austria
Belgium
Canada
Czechoslovakia
Denmark
Germany
Great Britain
Holland
Hungary
Italy
Monaco
Morocco
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
USA

The chronology of his documented travels is as follows:

1905

11 June - 26 July

Belgium, Holland, and Germany

A canal trip on the Edwards' yacht Aimée.


1906

August

Switzerland

Ravel accompanied his ailing father to Hermance.


1909

25 April

Great Britain

Ravel arrived in London for his first concert abroad.


1911

19 - 21 January

Great Britain

A concert tour to London, Newcastle, and Edinburgh.


September - October

Spain

Ravel's first holiday in Spain.


1913

late March - mid April

Switzerland

At Clarens with Stravinsky, working on an orchestration of Khovanshchina.


August - September

Spain

Travels in Spain.


13 - 17 December

Great Britain

Visit to Arnold Bennett at Thorpe-le-Soken, and a concert in London.


1914

April

Switzerland

Concert in Geneva.


1919

summer

Switzerland

Visit to Geneva following the sudden death of Ravel's aunt.


1920

October

Austria

Ravel's first visit to Vienna, for several performances of his works.


1921

February

Belgium

In Brussels, Ravel attended a performance of L'Heure espagnole.


1922

29-30 June

Great Britain

In London to make piano roll recordings.


7 July

Great Britain

A concert of Ravel's works at Lord Rothermere's house.


September

Holland

Concert in Amsterdam.


November

Italy

Concert in Milan, and a visit to Venice.


1923

early April

Italy

Concert in Rome.


14 April

Great Britain

Concert in London.


26-27 April

Belgium

Concerts in Brussels and Antwerp.


late May

Switzerland

Rest and recuperation.


mid October

Holland

Concerts in Amsterdam, The Hague and Haarlem.


18 October

Great Britain

Concert in London.


mid November

Holland

Concert in Rotterdam.


1924

26 April

Great Britain

Concert in London.


May

Spain

Concerts in Madrid and Barcelona.


22 May

Belgium

Recital in Brussels.


1925

21 March

Monaco

First performance of L'Enfant et les sortilèges.


May

Great Britain

Visit to the Hardings to meet Mrs Coolidge.


1926

24 January - 12 February

Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden

A concert tour accompanied by Louise Alvar.


23-25 February

Great Britain

Concert tour to London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Bridge of Allan.


4 March

Belgium

Visit to La Monnaie for performance of L'Enfant et les sortilèges.


late March

Italy

In Milan for rehearsals of L'Enfant et les sortilèges.


mid May

Belgium

(?) In Brussels for second performance of Chansons madécasses.


2 October

Belgium

(?) Attended first stage production of La Valse in Antwerp.


late November

Switzerland

Concert tour to Berne, Basel and Geneva.


1927

late February

Great Britain

Performance of the Piano Trio in Edinburgh.


1 October

Holland

Concert in Amsterdam.


late October

Great Britain

In London to make recordings.


1928

January - April

USA and Canada

Concert tour of North America.


19-23 October

Great Britain

Concerts in London and Oxford.


November

Spain and Portugal

Concert tour.


December

Switzerland

In Geneva as member of jury of Société internationale de musique contemporaine.


1929

January

Great Britain

Concert; luncheon in Ravel's honour in London.


February & March

Austria

In Vienna for concert and performance of L'Enfant et les sortilèges.


1931

March

Belgium

In Brussels for concert for disabled war veterans.


7-8 July

Great Britain

Conducted ballets at Covent Garden.


1932

early 1932

Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Holland, Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Great Britain

Concert tour performing the Concerto pour piano et orchestre en sol majeur.



28 August

Spain

Basque celebration of Ravel's music in San Sebastián.


December

Switzerland

In Basel for a concert.


1934

February to April

Switzerland

In clinic at Mont Pèlerin.

1935

February - March

Spain, and Morocco

Travelling with Leyritz.


August

Spain

A second trip with Leyritz.


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