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

Verdi - Don Carlos

"Don Carlos" was a French "grand opera" based on Schiller's work. This setting, designed by Charles-Antoine Cambon in 1867, expresses the French echo of the opera style, with the view of Paris in the background.

This opera of Giuseppe Verdi, based on the homonymous play by the German writer Schiller, was written for the Paris Opera in the style of the "grand opera" which Verdi himself love, as the French audience. 

Although it was adapted in Italian, it remains an uneven work that includes a lot of good music.

- Canzone del Velo

The hero of this opera is the son of the King of Spain, who is in love with his stepmother Elizabeth. In the dharming Moorish song, Canzone del Velo (Song of the Veil), Verdi demonstrates his knowledge of Spanish folk song, using bolero rhythms, flamingo-like decorations and exotic orchestration. 

Repetitions of the opening verses are a constant reminder of an evil vision and serve to maintain the coherence of the whole section.