Celebrated French composer Maurice Ravel was born on this day in 1875 in the Basque town of Ciboure, near Biarritz, only 18 kilometers from the Spanish border. Along with Claude Debussy, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music. Known especially for his melodies and orchestral and instrumental textures and effects, Ravel’s piano compositions, such as Jeux d’eau (above), Miroirs, Le tombeau de Couperin and Gaspard de la nuit, demand considerable virtuosity from the performer, and his orchestral music, including Daphnis et Chloé and his arrangement of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, use a variety of sound and instrumentation. Ravel is perhaps known best for his orchestral work Boléro (1928), which he considered trivial and once described as “a piece for orchestra without music”. On December 30, 1937, Ravel was buried next to his parents in a granite tomb at the cemetery at Levallois-Perret, a suburb of northwest Paris. Ravel was an atheist.