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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

Franz Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor, "Unfinished"

Mozart - The restless genius

Joseph Haydn - String Quartet No. 62 in C major, Op. 76, No. 3 "Emperor"

Joseph Haydn - a self-made genius

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Niccolò Paganini - Introduction

Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral" Symphony

Joseph Haydn - Introduction

Joseph Haydn - Trumpet concerto in E flat

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467

Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Quasi una fantasia, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight Sonata)

Joseph Haydn - Symphony in G minor "Surprise Symphony"The chase to Jean-Honoré Fragonard

Mozart - Horn concerto No. 2 in E-flat Major, K417

Schubert - A desperate genius

Beethoven - Egmont overture

Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525

Mozart - Andante in C Major for Flute and Orchestra, K315

Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Opus 73, “Emperor”