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

Hector Berlioz - Famous works

The themes of love and desire that characterize Berlioz's music also appear in Thomas Gainsborough's painting.



  • Symphonie fantastique, op. 14
  • Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale

Choral and vocal works:

  • La Révolution Greque: scéne héroique
  • La mort d’ Orphée
  • Hurts scènes de Faust, op. 1
  • Sardanapale
  • Grande Messe des Morts
  • Le cinq Mai, chant sur la mort de l’ empereur Napoléon, op. 6
  • La damnation de Faust



                 - Waverley, Op. 1
                 - Le Roi Lear, Op. 4
                 - Le carnaval Romain, Op. 9
                 - Le corsaire, Op. 21

Choral and Vocal works:

  • La depit de la Bergère
  • La mort de Cleopatre
  • Herminie
  • Aubade
  • Le Roi de Thulè