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 - Introduction

At thirty-seven years old, having composed thirty-nine operas, Gioachino Antonio Rossini clearly declares his creative saturation and abandons for good the form of the music he glorified and was glorified by. Brave decision, which he did not betray in the rest of his life.

Consistent, he devoted himself to the enjoyment of those who, along with music, were above his priorities: beautiful women and delicious delicacies.

Spiritual and perceptive as he was, he immediately acclimatized to any environment, which made him welcome and worldly. It composed with amazing speed and unique ease. However, no trace of sloppyness is detected in his works.

His music flows with an effortless naturalness, screaming in every sentence the jealous source gifts of its life-giver. Free from the stress of creation, Gioachino Rossini created a music bright, full of vitality and health. 

He served with passion - but without fear - opera, dominating every structural component of it. That is why his works bear the marks of their creator much more strongly than the signs of their time.

Pesaro's most gifted child defined with his decisions the evolution of the art of sounds. His exquisite Six String Sonatas, a work which is an epitome of Mozart and Haydn's musical thinking and grandly heralds Schubert's music, composed them at the age of twelve.