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How Maurice Ravel became a WW I soldier

By
Editorial Staff

At 91 pounds, French composer Maurice Ravel was not exactly prime soldier material. And yet when Germany declared war on France in Aug. 1914, he felt compelled to enlist.

As Tom Allen, host of CBC Music's Shift, explains, it was uncharacteristic of the composer of La Valse, who'd spent so much of his time on society's sidelines.

Watch The War Inside Ravel's 'La Valse' below:

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