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

Johannes Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor (Allegro molto)

Johannes Brahms applied traditional and classical principles to his compositions. His music would be strict if beneath the exterior, its measured enclosure did not breathe a romantic spirit.

The Dance No. 1 in G minor - Allegro molto alternates between a rhythmic, but rather melancholy, opening theme in strings and a sequence of vivid or brighter episodes. It ends with a resounding chord.
Johannes Brahms himself orchestrated this Dance.

Arrangement for 4 hands (piano):