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

Mendelssohn - Wedding March in C Major

Mendelsohn composed the introduction to Shakespear's play"A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1826, when he was just 17 years old. It was, however, in October 1843 that he added various parts of music for a performance of his work in Potsdam, near Berlin. All 11 parties have had tremendous success. Indeed, it is a sign of Mendelssohn's genius that despite 17 years of mediation, the style of the late compositions of stage music is entirely consistent with that of the introduction.

The "Wedding March" is played after the end of the IV act and celebrates the simultaneous marriage of three couples. Today, the Wedding March is the melody that accompanies almost exclusively every wedding ceremony.

It begins with a fanfare and then sinks majestically into the excellent procession that has accompanied so many marriages.

A lighter, less imposing march continues as if the fairies of Shakespeare's work themselves were crossing the temple. The ritual music is repeated twice more, inters with a kinder, lyrical section.

The last iteration is heard from afar and fades gradually until it becomes completely imperceptible in the flicker of ethereal music emitted by the woodwind.