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Ravel works to be featured at Raton theater

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Submitted to the Optic

Music from Angel Fire will present a free concert entitled “The Rejected Masterpiece,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21 in Shuler Theater in Raton.

The all-too-human professors at the Paris Conservatory made an infamous mistake when they rejected Ravel’s attempt at winning the Prix du Rome with his submission of the first movement of his glorious String Quartet.

Frustrated and angry, Ravel left the conservatory for good and completed the work on his own. The masterpiece is the core of this special Raton program, and has proven to be one of the monuments of the string quartet literature as well as the 20th Century. It will be played by stars of the Young Artist Program, who are the same age as Ravel was when he wrote this great work.

It is surrounded by an unusual Quartet for Four Violins without continuo by Telemann that opens the concert, and one of the most rousing works in the chamber repertoire, the Souvenir de Florence by Tchaikovsky, filled with typical Russian flavor and melody.