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

Johann Strauss II - "Frühlingsstimmen", Op. 410 ("Voices of Spring")

Originally written as aria in order to accompany a famous Italian soprano "Voices of Spring" did not make a good impression on the Viennese audience, who found the work mediocre and the melody vague. On the contrary, they met with widespread popularity abroad. 

The dance became popular in Vienna when Johann Strauss II decided to orchestrate it for concertos and among his many admirers was the famous pianist and composer Frantz Liszt.

After the rhythm of the waltz is introduced by the bass, the woodwinds, with the support of the entire orchestra, slide into a lyrical melody full of trills, gllisanti and other musical decorations. Then the music incorporates the gentle rustling of the leaves, distant hunting horns and sweet singing of birds.

Sometimes the music moves gently and slowly in an almost sad mood, before re-rocking with magnificence to a joyful purpose and then evolving into the wonderful climax of the end.

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