In The Key Of Pisces: Maurice Ravel & An Astro-Musical Quiz
The composer, Maurice Ravel, was born on March 7, 1875 into a musical family in the town of Ciboure, where the River Nivelle meets the Atlantic Ocean in the Basque country. (We are catching up with some missed dates for In The Key Of Pisces…)
He was an innovator and a rebel. Rejected by the establishement in his youth, by the time of his death, he was acknowledged to be France’s greatest living composer. You might expect that with Uranus on the Midheaven.
He was also an experimenter. Bolero, one of his most famous compositions, is all about repetition — a rather Piscean trait (see Parveen, Harrison, Makeba, Barber) — which broke all the then-rules of composition.
The New Moon in Pisces sit in the fifth house of the arts. Mercury in Pisces is in the house of roots, and Neptune, the composer’s planet is in the house of work opposed (out of sign) by Jupiter.
One of his greatest legacies is some intensely melancholic music such as the beautiful Pavane for a Dead Princess.
I have three versions here. See if you can tell which one is played by a Pisces, which by a Taurus and which by a Capricorn. They are all good, but I think one is sadder.