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

George Frideric Handel - Famous works

This detailed painting by Johann Pletcher perfectly captures the atmosphere of the Baroque period. Handel - with his glorious festive works and great opera - was one of the most prominent musical representatives of this style.


  • Water Music: Suite No.1, Suite No.2, Suite No3
  • Music for the Royal Fireworks


  • Esther
  • Athalia
  • Alexander Balus
  • Saul
  • Israel in Egypt
  • Messiah
  • Samson
  • Semele
  • Belshazzar
  • Judas Maccabaeus
  • Solomon
  • Jephtha


Chamber music:


  • Almira
  • Rodrigo
  • Rinaldo
  • Giulio Cesare
  • Rodelinda
  • Orlando
  • Ariodante
  • Alcina
  • Serse (Xerxes)