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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

Maurice Ravel -The Swiss Watchmaker

Carl Maria von Weber - Euryanthe: Overture

Tschaikovsky - 1812 Overture, op. 49

Maurice Ravel - Piano Concerto in G major

Giueseppe Verdi - Aida

Johannes Brahms - Forbidden love

Gioachino Rossini - Famous works

Camille Saint-Saëns - Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 78 (The Organ Symphony)

Johann Strauss II - Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 in A major

Gioachino Rossini - L'italiana in Algeri

Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4, "Italian", in A Major, Op. 90

Carl Maria von Weber - Clarinet Concerto No.2 in E-flat major, Op.74

Chopin - Nocturnes, Op.9

Verdi - A peasant from Parma

Franz Liszt - Consolations in E Major and D flat Major

Bedřich Smetana - String Quartet No. 1 in E minor

Anton Bruckner - Introduction

Johann Strauss II - "Frühlingsstimmen", Op. 410 ("Voices of Spring")

Robert Schumann - Famous works

Johannes Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F Major - Allegretto