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 Dances No. 18 in D Major - Molto vivace and No. 19 in B minor - Allegretto

Hungarian folk and gypsy dances proved to be a great source of inspiration for Brahms.

Hungarian Dance No. 18 in D Major

The Hungarian Dance No. 18 in D Major - Molto vivace fully responds to Brahms' style. A bright and lively character runs through the whole project.

Dance No. 19 in C Minor

The Dance No. 19 in C Minor - Allegretto is at a slower pace than the previous dance and although it starts in minor, it has overall a light mood with dominant wooden spirits, in the orchestration of Dvořák.