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Bolero (tr. Rogers)

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Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel (trans. R Mark Rogers)


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General Info

Year: 1928 /
Duration:
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Errata

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Program Notes

Maurice Ravel is perhaps known best for his orchestral work Bolero (1928), which he considered trivial and once described as "a piece for orchestra without music". Bolero is a one-movement orchestral piece originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian ballerina Ida Rubinstein. For Bolero he used the opportunity to conduct an experiment. As he put it, the score would be "uniform throughout in its melody, harmony and rhythm, the latter being tapped out continuously on the drum. The only element of variety is supplied by the orchestral crescendo." Instrumental coloring plays a major role, as well, an area in which Ravel had attained supreme mastery.

After its premiere as a ballet, Bolero quickly won even greater success in the concert hall.

- Program Note from publisher


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Performances

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  • Heart of Texas (San Antonio) Concert Band (R. Mark Rogers, conductor) - 8 May 2022


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