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

Claude Debussy - Famous works

Claude Debussy's handwritten score of the "Chansons de Charles d'Orléans".
 


Orchestra:


Piano:

  • Deux arabesques
  • Suite bergamasque
  • Images I
  • Images II
  • L'isle joyeuse
  • Children's corner
  • Préludes, Book 1
  • Préludes, Book 2
  • Rêverie
  • Estampes
  • Pour le piano 
  • En blanc et noir (piano duo)

Chamber:

  • Syrinx
  • Première Rhapsodie 
  • String Quartet in G minor
  • Cello Sonata No.1

Solo voice with piano:

  • Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
  • Ballades de François Villon
  • Chansons de Bilitis
  • Cinq poèmes de Charles Baudelaire
  • Chansons de Charles d'Orléans

Stage:

  • Pelléas et Mélisande

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