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

Josef Anton Bruckner - Events in brief

The announcement of Anton Bruckner's death.

1824: 
Josef Anton Bruckner was born on September 4th in Ansfelden, Austria.
1834: Begins to replace his father in the organ.
1835: Completes his school education in Hörsching, where Johann Baptist Weiß was schoolmaster.
1837: In June his father dies. He is sent to the Augustinian monastery in Sankt Florian to become a choirboy.
1841: Trained in Linz as a teacher.
1845: Assistant teacher in Sankt Florian. He falls in love with Louise Bogner.
1851: Permanent organist in Sankt Florian. His first visit to Vienna.
1855: Becomes a student of the famous Vienna music theorist Simon Sechter.
1863: Listens to Wagner's Tannhäuser opera.
1866: Completes Symphony No. 1 in C minor.
1868: Professor of music theory at the Vienna Conservatory.
1871: Visits England and impresses audience at Royal Albert Hall.
1872: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra rejects Symphony No. 2.
1893: His health deteriorates. He's bedridden most of the year.
1896: Dies on October 11, in Vienna.

  •          When he was invited to conduct one of his works with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, during a rehearsal, Bruckner stood still on the podium. When after a few minutes he still did not lift his baguette, the first violin of the orchestra politely told him: "We are ready, Mr. Bruckner. You can start." "Oh, no," Bruckner said, "after you gentlemen."


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