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Maurice Ravel -The Swiss Watchmaker

Maurice Ravel was born on March 7, 1875, in the small fishing village of Ciboure in the Basque region, near the Franco-Spanish border.  His father, Pierre-Joseph, was a Frenchman of Swiss descent. Pierre-Joseph, a distinguished engineer, met and fell in love with his future wife, a young and beautiful Basque, Marie Delouart, at the time she worked on the Spanish railways.  A few months after Maurice's birth, the family moved from Ciboure to Paris. The parents of Maurice Ravel, Pierre-Joseph Ravel and Marie Delouart. Maurice had a happy childhood. The parents encouraged their two children - Edouard was born in 1878 - to follow their vocation. Maurice's inclination was music. He started music lessons at the age of seven.  Unlike the parents of other composers, Pierre-Joseph viewed positively the prospect of a musical career and sent Maurice to the France's most important musical college, the Conservatoire de Paris in 1889. In the same year, the Paris Exhibition brought toget

Carl Maria von Weber - Euryanthe: Overture

Handel - Water Music, Suite I in F major (HWV 348)

Tschaikovsky - 1812 Overture, op. 49

Claude Debussy - The Two Arabesques (Deux arabesques), L. 66

Georg Philipp Telemann - Introduction

Maurice Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major

Giueseppe Verdi - Aida

Johannes Brahms - Forbidden love

Gioachino Rossini - Famous works

Camille Saint-Saëns - Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 (The Organ Symphony)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Introduction

Johann Strauss II - Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 in A major

Gioachino Rossini - L'italiana in Algeri

Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4, "Italian", in A Major, Op. 90

Carl Maria von Weber - Clarinet Concerto No.2 in E-flat major, Op.74

Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor, "Unfinished"

Ravel - Tzigane (Gypsy)

Chopin - Nocturnes, Op.9

Verdi - A peasant from Parma

Claude Debussy and the Piano

Franz Liszt - Consolations in E Major and D flat Major