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Bolero Ravel Help Opus Details
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Bolero is probably Ravel's most well-known composition, but Ravel himself was saddened by this. As he said himself "Bolero is orchestration without music".

It consists of a phrase in C major, endlessly repeated, accompanied by an equally endless and repetiitve rhythmic pattern on the snare drum. Theme 1 comes firstly on the flute, then it is picked up by the clarinet, and so on as the crescendo gathers steam. The 2nd theme is really just a minor variation on theme 1, but it first emerges on a saxophone, which is a novelty for a symphony orchestra. As the 2 themes are repeated, the orchestation adds more and more instruments and volume, until 15 minutes later, it reaches its climax.

I have known this work to be used as an example of team work under the leadership of a conductor, during a management course. But I feel this would in fact be easily played by a competent orchestra without any conductor, using the snare-drummer to keep the tempo, just like a rock band!
Category: Tone Poem Orchestra Featuring EnglishHorn Modern (Serious) Period
Time Signature 3 /4 Key Signature   C Major also featuring SaxAlto Play MP3 using player below.

1    Bolero, main theme, first on flutes, then clarinets.

2    Second theme, on alto saxophone.
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