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

Risky-Korsakov - Famous Works

This cover of Scheherazade, 1909, expresses the Eastern influences detected in the music.

  • Operas:

- Τhe Maid of Pskov (sometimes referred to as Ivan the Terrible)
- The Snow Maiden
- Mlada
- Sadko, Op. 5
- Mozart and Salieri, Op.48
- The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of His Son, the Famous and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich and the Beautiful Princess Swan, Op. 57
- The Golden Cockerel

  • Works for Symphony Orchestra:

- Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1
- Symphony No. 2, Op. 9, “Antar”
- Fairytale, Op. 29
- Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34
- Scheherazade, Op. 35
- Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36
- Sinfonietta on Russian Themes in A minor, Op. 31

  • Solo Instrumental music with orchestra or band:

- Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor, Op. 30
- Concerto for trombone and military band in B-flat

  • Chamber music:

- String Quartet in F, Op. 12
- String Sextet in A
- Quintet in B-flat, for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano
- Allegro in B-flat, for string quartet

  • Choral music:

- Song of Oleg the Wise, Op. 58
- From Homer, Op. 60
- Poem about Alexei, Man of God, Op. 20

  • Songs:

- In Spring, Op. 43
- By the Sea, Op. 46