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

Gioachino Rossini - Famous works

Set for Rossini's opera La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake), written in 1819.


  • Tancredi
  • L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
  • Il turco in Italia
  • Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra
  • Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione (The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution)
  • Otello, ossia Il Moro di Venezia
  • La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
  • Armida
  • La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake)
  • Semiramide
  • Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth)
  • Mosè in Egitto (Moses in Egypt)
  • Le comte Ory
  • Guillaume Tell

Sacred music:

  • Messa di Gloria
  • Stabat mater
  • Petite messe solennelle

Instrumental music: 

  • Duetto per Violoncello e Contrabasso
  • Variazzioni di clarinetto
  • Trois marches militaires
  • Concerto per fagotto ed orchestra
  • Fantaisie

Vocal music:

  • Les soirées musicales
  • Francesca da Rimini