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

Robert Schumann - Famous works

Schumann never forgot his debt to his old piano teacher and dedicated "Improptus" to him.

  • Symphonies:

Symphony No. 1 in B flat Major, “Spring”, op. 38
Symphony No. 2 in C Major, op.61
Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major, “Rhenish., op.97
Symphony No. 4 in D minor, op. 120

  • Orchestral works:

Overture and incidental music, Manfred, op. 115
Julius Ceasar overture, op. 128
Herman und Dorothea overture, op. 136

  • Concerts:

Piano concert in A minor, op. 54
Violin concerto in A minor, op. 129

  • Chamber music:

Piano Quintet in E flat Major, op. 44
String Quartets, op. 41, no. 1-3

  • Piano works:

Papillons, op. 2
Carnival, op. 9
Grand Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, op. 11
Grand Sonata No. 3 in F minor
Piano Sonata No. 2 in G minor
Scenes From Childhood, op. 15

  • Opera:

Genoveva, op. 81