Ravel In Paris

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Barbara Kelly goes in search of composer Maurice Ravel in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.

The famous Sacre Coeur Basilica is a short walk up the hill, yet Paris's 9th is an often overlooked district of Montmartre.

Known as the musician's quarter of the city, it's an area in which Ravel spent much of his life composing and socialising.

Barbara Kelly takes a tour of the 9th to explore the connections between Ravel's music and the environment which meant so much to him.

On the way Barbara talks to the pianist Roy Howat at Ravel's first Paris home, the French pianist Anne Queffelec in the concert hall of the old music conservatoire, and the writer on French music Francois de Medicis in the Auberge du Clou - the cafe which became one of Paris' social hubs for many composers, including Ravel, Debussy and Satie, at the start of the 20th century.