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    "Bolero"

    Post  Admin on December 24th 2011, 6:13 am

    "Bolero"

    by Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
    Composed in 1928

    Boléro was written in 1928 after it was commissioned by the dancer, Ida Rubinstein, as a 'choreographed poem'. She danced throughout the first performance. Nowadays, it is always performed as a pure musical piece. At the first performance, one woman in the audience commented about Ravel, 'the man is mad'. Ravel's reply was 'only she realized the truth!'.

    This piece consists of two tunes repeated over and over again above an insistent drum rhythm. It starts very quietly on one or two instruments but gradually grows in volume until the full orchestra plays the tune as loudly as possible. The piece ends with a dramatic flourish which usually evokes a rousing cheer from the audience.

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