Bolero (arr. Bocook)

From Wind Repertory Project
Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel (arr. Jay Bocook)

General Info

Year: 1928 / 2003
Duration: c. 4:25
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Editions Durand, through Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornets I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Marimba
  • Orchestra Chimes
  • Snare Drums (2)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This well-known Ravel classic is a study in orchestration as it gradually builds intensity from the quiet opening to the powerful and explosive finish. Jay does a masterful job of adapting this work for concert band using solos for clarinet, flute and trumpet and skillful use of the entire ensemble.

- Program Note from publisher

Boléro is a one-movement orchestral piece by the French composer Maurice Ravel (1875–1937). Originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein, the piece, which premiered in 1928, is Ravel's most famous composition.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) - 19 November 2022
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Concert Band (Grant Parker, conductor) - 5 June 2022
  • Be'er Sheva (Israel) Municipal Concert Band – 2019

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Boléro. Wikipedia Accessed 5 June 2022
  • Girsberger, Russ. Percussion Assignments for Band & Wind Ensemble. Volume I: L-Z. Galesburg, MD: Meredith Music Publications, 2004, 242. Print.
  • Perusal score
  • Ravel, M.; Bocook, J. (2003). Bolero [score]. Hal Leonard: Milwaukee, Wisc.