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

Verdi - Famous works

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A satirical sketch dated March 19, 1883, hinting at the fertility of Verdi's composition of operas.


  • Operas:

Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio
Nabucco
Macbeth
Rigoletto
Il Trovatore
La Traviata
Simon Boccanegra
Don Carlos
Aida
Ottelo
Falstaff

  • Sacred works:

Messa da Requiem
Quattro pezzi sacri

  • Chamber:

String Quarter in E minor


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