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

Georg Philipp Telemann - Trumpet concerto in D major

Georg Philipp Telemann composed a single Concerto for a solo trumpet. This is indeed surprising since the trumpet was particularly popular at the time. The instrument that dominated Telemann's days was the high trumpet in D, with characteristic piercing brilliance. He did, however, include the trumpet in other orchestral combinations. Besides, there's also a three-trumpet concerto.


Ι. Andante

The orchestral introduction is absent from the short begining Andante of this concerto. The solo trumpet sounds immediately, playing a long, flowing melody, while strings and harpsichord hastily measure the normal, almost hymnal rhythm of the accompaniment.

ΙΙ. Allegro

In the second part the strings start the Allegro. Unlike the previous melody that is direct - strong and lively rhythms replace Andante's restrained magnificence. Strings and soloists share the melody - strings comment on the trumpet melody and occasionally suggest their own new and exciting melody.

ΙΙΙ. Grave

The slow and formal Grave is intended only for strings and shortening. The high and piercing sounds of the trumpet of the previous part are replaced here by the calm melody of the violin in minor tonality.

IV. Allegro

After a unique note played by the nearby, the trumpet again leads to the concluding Allegro. The melody played by the solo instrument has an almost military connotation. Although strings have their own role in this place, undoubtedly the trumpet dominates. This is by no means more evident than the moment she takes off at the top of her musical spectrum on a high closing note.

You can watch the whole concert, here: