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

Gershwin - Famous works


  • Rhapsody in Blue
  • Concerto in F for piano and orchestra
  • An American in Paris
  • Second Rhapsody for piano and orchestra
  • Cuban Overture
  • Variations on "I Got Rhythm"

Piano works:

Musicals Theatre credits:

  • George White's Scandals
  • Primrose
  • Lady, Be Good!
  • Tell me More
  • Tip-Toes
  • Funny Face
  • Girl Crazy
  • Of Thee I Sing
  • The Rainbow
  • Oh, Kay!
  • La La Lucille

Musical Films:

  • Shall We Dance?
  • A Damsel in Distress
  • The Goldwyn Follies
  • The Shocking Miss Pilgrim



  • Swanee
  • The Man I Love
  • Embraceable You
  • The Way You Look Tonight
  • I Got Rhythm
  • Oh, Lady Be Good!
  • It Ain't Necessarily So
  • Summertime