Maurice Ravel was a French composer, pianist, and conductor of the late Romantic and early Impressionist era, though he rejected the term Romantic to describe his music. He attended France's premiere music college, The Paris Conservatory, but was not well regarded by the faculty. After leaving the Conservatory, he made a way for himself. His style incorporated elements of baroque, neoclassicism and even some jazz in his later works. He felt strongly about serving his country and joined the French Air Force at age 40 to serve in World War I. After the war, he completed Le tombeau de Couperin, a suite in which each movment is dedicated to a friend of Ravel's who died in the war. He was among the first composers to embrace recording his music as a way to bring it to a wider audience. Famous works include: Bolero and Le Valse.