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. 3 in F Major - Allegretto

The Dance No. 3 in F Major - Allegretto of Johannes Brahms has a light and elegant main theme, which is presented by the oboes. It is followed by a brief darker section for the remaining wind instruments.

On the contrary, the middle section is dynamic and glamorous played by the whole orchestra and the cymbals.

The performance of this dance on the piano also highlights Johannes Brahms's love of Hungarian music and the elegant character of this composition: