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March 7, 2017

March 7, 1875

When Manuel Rosenthal (June 18, 1904 to June 5, 2003) died, all the obituaries noted  the French composer was Ravel's last student. Rosenthal has studied at the Conservatoire before meeting Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 to December 28, 1937) in 1925. He became his pupil and then a close friend.
When Ravel lobbied the directors of the Opéra-Comique to get Rosenthal's one-act opera Rayon des soieries performed there in June 1930, the act reflected his friendship as well as admiration for Rosenthal's talent.

We see this bond in a 1928 photograph of Ravel and Ravel's cat. The picture is inscribed to his fellow composer: 

"To Manuel Rosenthal, affectionately, Maurice Ravel and Mouni".

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