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 - Introduction

In his brief passage from earth, Franz Schubert marked the beginning of a great era. The evolution of romance would certainly be different without the testimony of the Vienné composer. He first managed to essentially connect music with poetry and achieve the absolute sign identification of musical expression with speech. He thus emerges as a true poet of sounds.

But Schubert was first a man and then a poet. He felt deeply the human suffering, which is why he managed to transform it with touching sincerity into music. The subtle melancholy that is detected even in the brightest moments of his music becomes a guide to diving into the sanctuaries of the human soul and a catalyst in the effort to explore human emotion.

All his works are dominated by the gentle agony of the futile search for personal happiness. The form of the trekker exists everywhere, dominant and distant; even in the compositions of pure music, where each phrase is equivalent to a wonderful song without words, proving the superiority of the creator in melodic inventions. The steps of the trekker can be heard to fade as he walks away, oversteps not only the happiness and joys of life, but also life itself.

(George Monemvasitis)