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

Johannes Brahms - Famous works

 A densely written score by Brahms, from Rhapsody, Op. 53.


  • Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
  • Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
  • Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Orchestral music:

  • Variations on a Theme by Haydn ("Saint Anthony Variations"), Op. 56a
  • Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
  • Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Concertante works:

  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in B♭ major, Op. 83
  • Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
  • Double Concerto in A minor for violin and cello, Op. 102

Choral and Vocal music:

  • Ein deutsches Requiem ("A German Requiem"), Op. 45
  • Rinaldo, cantata, Op. 50
  • Rhapsody ("Alto Rhapsody"), Op. 53

Piano music:

  • Ungarische Tänze (10 "Hungarian Dances"), W. 1 Book 1-2
  • Ungarische Tänze (11 "Hungarian Dances"), W. 1 Book 3-4
  • Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 in F♯ minor, Op. 2
  • Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5
  • 6 Pieces for Piano, Op. 118
  • Scherzo in E♭ minor, Op. 4
  • 4 Ballades, Op. 10
  • 7 Fantasies, Op. 116

Chamber music:

  • String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
  • Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
  • Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • Τρίο σε Λα ελάσσονα, Έργο 114
  • Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120
  • Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E♭ major, Op. 120