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 - Events in brief

1786 Carl Maria von Weber was born on 18 November in Eutin, near Liebeck, North Germany.
1787-96 First musical lessons from his brother. His father forms the Weber Troupe. They start touring.
1796 He apprentices to Johann Peter Heuschkel. His mother gets sick in the town of  Hildburghausen.
1797 Settles in Salzburg and becomes a student of Michael Haydn.
1798 He publishes his first compositions, the Six Fughettas. His mother dies of tuberculosis.
1804 He becomes Music Director of the Breslau Theatre.
1806-07 He becomes private secretary, first of all, of The Duke Eugene of Karlsruhe and then, of Duke Frederick of Stuttgart.
1810 He is deported from Wurttemberg because of his father.
1810-13 Wanders in Germany. He is composing two clarinet concertos.
1813 Becomes Director of the Prague Opera.
1816 Takes over the Dresden Opera.
1817 Marries Caroline Brandt.
1821 Triumphant premiere of Singer in Berlin.
1823 He visits Vienna and meets Beethoven. His tuberculosis worsens.
1826 Big success in in London for the premiere of Oberon in April. He dies in London on June 5.
  • One day in 1806, after working in his office, Weber drank a glass he thought had wine and collapsed. The glass contained citric acid. When you recovered several weeks later, his singing skills were gone.