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

Vivaldi - Violin concerto in A Major

 - Allegro molto

- Andante

- Allegro

In the Baroque period, music shifted from the polyphonic style, which was customary in the Renaissance era (1400 - 1600), to a style of contrasts and individual melodies, supported by orchestral harmonys.

During his lifetime, Vivaldi was hailed as a reformist genius who broke the traditional, old-fashioned form of the concerto.

The Violin Concerto in Α Major is in the usual form which has three parts, but without the typical part for solo violin that exists in the Four Seasons.

The first part is a shiny and airy Allegro molto. 

The second part is a rather melancholy Andante in minor key.

The third part Allegro, is lively, robust and reminds the style of Handel.



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