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    Default Who's the greater orchestrator 2. Ravel or korsakov

    Someone said on my old thread on "Ravel vs Strauss at orchestration" , that Rimsky korsakov vs Ravel would be a better thread so... Here it is, who do you think was the superior orchestrator?

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    This is another one of those questions no one should ever have to deal with ….
    That said, it seems apparent to me that Ravel benefitted from Rimsky-Korsakov's orchestration practices. I suspect he knew Korsakov scores well and probably even read through the Russian's orchestration text.
    Ravel wasn't the first to orchestrate Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, but the orchestration dates from several decades after Korsakov had composed such masterpieces of orchestration as Scheherazade and Golden Cockerel, and I'd suggest that Ravel learned from those earlier works.
    One cannot slight Ravel as an orchestrator. Nor Korsakov.
    And, if you've noticed that I actually ignore answering the question with a sure, positive response, then we cannot slight you as an astute reader.

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    the great orchestrators of the 20th century - Ravel, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, all benefited from Rimsky's work...I think they are all superior, however, none would have achieved what they did without R-K's previous efforts...

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    I will have to say Ravel, but wow- Capriccio Espagnole, Russian Easter Festival Overture, and Scheherazade are some of the most finely orchestrated pieces I've ever heard, just brilliant.

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