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

Carl Maria von Weber - Famous works

Carl Maria von Weber

Operas:

  • Das Waldmädchen (The Girl of the Forest)
  • Peter Schmoll und seine Nachbarn (Peter Schmoll and his Neighbours)
  • Abu Hassan
  • Der Freischütz (The Freeshooter)
  • Die drei Pintos (The Three Pintos)
  • Euryanthe
  • Oberon

Orchestral:

  • Symphony No. 1 in C major
  • Symphony No. 2 in C major
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 11
  • Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor
  • Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 74
  • Bassoon Concerto in F major
  • Konzertstück in F minor for Piano and Orchestra

Chamber music:

  • Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34
  • Piano Quartet in B flat major, Op. 18
  • Grand duo concertant in E flat major, Op. 48 (Clarinet, Piano)
  • Trio in G minor for flute, violoncello and piano, Op. 63

Songs:

  • Die Kerze
  • Umsonst ensagt ich
  • Entfliehet schnell von mir
  • Wiedersehen

Other:

  • Missa sancta No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 75a
  • Missa sancta No. 2 in G, "Jubelmesse", Op. 76

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