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Bolero (arr. Howell)

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Maurice Ravel

Maurice Ravel (arr. Frank Zappa; trans. Matthew Howell)


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Subtitle: For Winds and Percussion


General Info

Year: 1928 / 2020
Duration: c. 5:04
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Matthew Howell
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Unknown


Instrumentation

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Errata

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Program Notes

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 musical composition.

Before Boléro, Ravel had composed large-scale ballets (such as Daphnis et Chloé, composed for the Ballets Russes 1909–1912), suites for the ballet (such as the second orchestral version of Ma mère l'oye, 1912), and one-movement dance pieces (such as La valse, 1906–1920). Apart from such compositions intended for a staged dance performance, Ravel had demonstrated an interest in composing re-styled dances, from his earliest successes -- the 1895 Menuet and the 1899 Pavane -- to his more mature works such as Le Tombeau de Couperin, which takes the format of a dance suite.

Boléro epitomizes Ravel's preoccupation with restyling and reinventing dance movements. It was also one of the last pieces he composed before illness forced him into retirement.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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Performances

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  • Ball State University (Muncie, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Thomas Caneva, conductor) - 23 April 2021
  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Missal, conductor) - 17 April 2021


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