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Grinnell prof to perform Ravel's piano suite honoring the composer's friends killed in WWI

Grinnell, Iowa - Eugene Gaub, associate professor of music at Grinnell College, will perform Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin: A Memorial to Friends Killed in the Great War" at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28. This free concert will take place in the Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

Ravel, a 20th century French composer, drove an ambulance for France during
 the Great War and saw action at the Battle of Verdun, which is considered the greatest and lengthiest battle in world history. France eventually defeated Germany in this battle, which lasted from Feb. 21 through Dec. 19, 1916, and produced an estimated 700,000 casualties (dead, wounded and missing).

The horrors and carnage Ravel witnessed in the trench warfare and use of poison gas at Verdun found expression in his music, notably in the suite of six pieces for piano titled "Le Tombeau de Couperin." This work began in 1914 in homage to French music of the past (composer François Couperin, 1668-1733), but became a dual tribute as Ravel dedicated each movement to one of his friends killed in action.

In addition to performing the suite that Ravel finished in 1917, Gaub will introduce the men whose memory the suite honors, and describe the contexts—musical and political—from which the work emerged.

The concert is part of Grinnell College's year-long focus on "A Century of War: 1914 and Beyond." Co-sponsors of the concert are Grinnell's Center for the Humanities, Faulconer Gallery and Music Department.

Grinnell welcomes and encourages the participation of people with disabilities. Information about parking and accessibility is available on the college’s website: www.grinnell.edu. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or calendar@grinnell.edu.

About Grinnell College
Since its founding in 1846, Grinnell has become one of the nation's premier liberal arts colleges, enrolling 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries. Grinnell's rigorous academic program emphasizes excellence in education for students in the liberal arts; the college offers the B.A. degree in a range of departments across the humanities, arts and sciences. Grinnell has a strong tradition of social responsibility and action, and self-governance and personal responsibility are key components of campus life. More information about Grinnell College is available at www.grinnell.edu.

Cutline for linked photo: Grinnell College Associate Professor of Music Eugene Gaub