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Maurice Ravel — Bolero
Album: Boston Symphony Orchestra
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Released: 1928
Length: 14:59
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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As much as I like this (and I do) it kind of already sounds like it's on a loop just playing it once. 

 
Easyrider wrote:
If you have a disliking towards your neighbour,just blast this out on a loop😡😡😡
 

Ozawa's rendition seems to me flat:  an uninspired by-the-numbers performance.  Von Karajan's 1966 performance was quite fine, as was Skrowaczewski's.  I don't think many modern conductors have the courage to interpret.  I imagine if Stokowski ever did Bolero, his version would be fast & bold, for example.  Just a (tiny) thought from the middle of nowhere. 
Immediately transported back to watching the 1i984 Winter Olympics.
Brilliant music, even though it was likely conceived as a direct result of progressing mental illness. Still genius.
Long Live    Radio Paradise
My rating is:   9 - O U T S T A N D I N G
If you have a disliking towards your neighbour,just blast this out on a loop😡😡😡
totally love it
 PhilippeTorres wrote:
Check this story out about Ravel and what led him to write this very interesting master piece.



https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/unraveling-bolero
 

from wikipedia:

It has been suggested that this unusual interest in repetition was caused by the onset of progressive aphasia.[3] 

makes me think of "The Exceptional Brain" by Robert Kaplan

Check this story out about Ravel and what led him to write this very interesting master piece.



https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/unraveling-bolero
15 minutes of fame  {#Notworthy}
What to say if Ravel considers very boring this song?
ok, apparently THIS is why I think of Conan the Barbarian when I hear Bolero.

I really need to give those movies a rewatch some day...
Bill, you magnificent bastard.
Reminds me of 1984 when British skaters, torvill & dean,  won a 1st gold medal at the Winter Olympics! 
I have written a masterpiece.  Unfortunately, there is no music in it. -- Maurice Ravel
A masterpiece…. there is no other way for me to describe it! 
 bowlander32 wrote:
Ice skating (and sex). It's a Brit thing? Will have to check out the Radiolab podcast. Great music.
 

You crazy Brits,,,,,,having sex on ice skates....never thought of doing that.....
Joe Walsh has an interesting cover to this piece. 
Excellent piece of music of Mr. Ravel but why is Robert de Niro in his Wikipedia-page?
 bowlander32 wrote:
Ice skating (and sex). It's a Brit thing? Will have to check out the Radiolab podcast. Great music.
 
Here is an animated version just for you!

Ice Skating animation 
Respect Monsieur RAVEL. 
 Blijj wrote:
My first hearing of this piece was the recording by Kazdin/Sheppard on a Moog modular. Considerably sonically more varied as they were throwing the kitchen sink at it to demonstrate the versatility of the instrument. Interesting.
 

You just reminded me of when I first heard it - also on 1970's synths, but played by Iso Tomita. I've still got an old copy on a cassette somewhere ...

<clicky><clicky> SACD version now on order ....
Goes on a bit....
el bolero Θ
My first hearing of this piece was the recording by Kazdin/Sheppard on a Moog modular. Considerably sonically more varied as they were throwing the kitchen sink at it to demonstrate the versatility of the instrument. Interesting.
Long Live   Radio Paradise
My rating is: 9 - O U T S T A N D I N G
In 1954, my 7th grade teacher played this for us during music appreciation hour, and I was BLOWN away (and I still am when I hear it.)  The piece creates all kinds of mesmerizing images in my mind's eye, and I'm taken to the 4th (or 5th) dimension!
I really don't get why people think this is so great. It's pretty dull and repetitive.
Ice skating (and sex). It's a Brit thing? Will have to check out the Radiolab podcast. Great music.
Excellent!
One of the best parts of 'Allegro Non Troppo'. If you haven't seen it then  see it!
 TampaPurple wrote:
Worth listening to:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/st...

Radiolab - Unraveling Bolero
 
Had to bump this up as it's really worth a listen. It really sheds a lot of light on this spectacular piece of music. Such an astonishing accomplishment. Methodical and lyrical. Passionate and precise. Relentless and dynamic. All at once. Incredible.

We will, we will, ravel you 

Hey Bill, nice no ?! 
For a bunch of crazy hippies in a big custom woodshop during the '70's, doing some beautiful work, this was the official theme music we would blare over the shop's sound system during special moments. "10" tried to ruin it but it didn't work...
The perfect 10 - thank you!
Length: 14:59

What ... Ravel couldn't last 15 minutes?
This is one piece of music my parents played while I was growing up that I really enjoyed.

Alas, I doubt that seduction and sexual arousal were how we all interpreted the music.  
Magnífico Ravel!!! 
 RedTopFireBelow wrote:
wow...  I'm trying to design and this song is awful.  lol..   I never did like it but tonight it is hurting my ears.  how can anyone think this is sexy?  (referring to the movie 10)

is it over yet?   oh no, not another bar.   
 

my body actually shuddered when it was finally over.   THAT was an experience.....   (another shudder..lol)
wow...  I'm trying to design and this song is awful.  lol..   I never did like it but tonight it is hurting my ears.  how can anyone think this is sexy?  (referring to the movie 10)

is it over yet?   oh no, not another bar.   
One of the sexiest instrumental plays ever written!!!
smoking hot
picture fade in:  it is a Sunday and i am hearing a processional to the grand bullfight...  from the bullfighters ready room to the songs final cymbal crash.   When the bullfighter finally arrives and center ring, stands tall and challenges the bull...  the end of the beginning ... or the beginning of the end.   Toro!  Toro!  ....Ole!    i've got a great vision of a "music video"... just need the funding  LOL ... but seriously...
Beam me up Scotty!
the first Jam
Has the opposite effect on me as the previous comments. LOVE this piece and immediately become more alive if not slightly grandiose. {#War}
Worth listening to:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/st...

Radiolab - Unraveling Bolero
There was a fascinating Radiolab Podcast about this song, and brain functions and how he was possibly in the process of losing his mind when this was written. https://www.wnycstudios.org/st...
end this dirge
Bolero is putting me to sleep!  I know I have the option to skip or play something different though this is horrible.
Bolero may just have created ambient with this piece. His Bolero elevates whatever is going on in front of it without ever interfering. Masterful. 
You really are an eclectic music station, can't help but think of Torville and Dean
 nice! i thought the same thing{#Cheesygrin}

dwhayslett wrote:
Conan!  What is best in life?
 

Copenhagen Phil (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) did a flash mob at Copenhagen Central Station on May 2nd 2011 playing Ravel's Bolero.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mrEk06XXaAw

Conan!  What is best in life?
 VH1 wrote:
Anyone remember this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcCj0xfO3H8

 
Don't really remember that one...but do you remember this animation?
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pgANtzO2G4 
 
{#Lol}
 VH1 wrote:
Anyone remember this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcCj0xfO3H8

 
This will always be Torvill and Dean for me. Stunning stuff.
From Wikipedia:

On 4 May 1930, Toscanini performed the work with the New York Philharmonic at the Paris Opéra as part of that orchestra's European tour. Toscanini's tempo was significantly faster than Ravel preferred, and Ravel signaled his disapproval by refusing to respond to Toscanini's gesture during the audience ovation.[12] An exchange took place between the two men backstage after the concert. According to one account Ravel said "It's too fast", to which Toscanini responded "You don't know anything about your own music. It's the only way to save the work".[13] According to another report Ravel said "That's not my tempo". Toscanini replied "When I play it at your tempo, it is not effective", to which Ravel retorted "Then do not play it".[14] Four months later, Ravel attempted to smooth over relations with Toscanini by sending him a note explaining that "I have always felt that if a composer does not take part in the performance of a work, he must avoid the ovations" and, ten days later, inviting Toscanini to conduct the premiere of his Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, an invitation which was declined.[15]

Some solid classical music beef.
Just saying... you should all know what Ryuchi Sakamoto did with this "tune". An dif you like Satie too, you should enjoy twice.
ooooooo.....the anticipation of the cymbal crash.
I' m playing this & my wife says "why don't you put the headfones on"....... cus I thought that you want to be enlitend....fonetics....big tune...rite up there with the best....there are not too many 10's in this world.....Slam dunk.......10...Amen
Anyone remember this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcCj0xfO3H8
 ShoreGirl wrote:
It's all about sex, dear friends.    {#Beat}

Initially, Rubinstein (Russian dancer Ida Rubinstein)  asked Ravel to create for her a work with Spanish character, suggesting that he—a highly skilled orchestrator who six years earlier had reworked Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’sPictures at an Exhibition—might adapt for orchestra some piano pieces by Spaniard Isaac Albéniz. But after some consideration, Ravel instead wrote his own original composition, a piece he called Boléro—though some observed that the rhythms were more like those of the fandangoand seguidilla than the bolero. At its debut Rubinstein herself took the solo role of a sultry café dancer enticing her masculine audience, whose growing excitement is reflected in the work’s signature crescendo.    https://www.britannica.com/topic/Bolero-by-Ravel

 

It definitely did the trick for me while watching Bo Derek seduce Dudley Moore to this in "10":

Still of Bo Derek in the movie "10""

{#Ask}{#Idea} Tippster wrote:
Huh: 

Literary critic Allan Bloom commented in his 1987 bestseller The Closing of the American Mind, "Young people know that rock has the beat of sexual intercourse. That is why Ravel's "Bolero" is the one piece of classical music that is commonly known and liked by them."



 
Huh Huh

There´s no better reason to love music

and sex too...


Huh: 

Literary critic Allan Bloom commented in his 1987 bestseller The Closing of the American Mind, "Young people know that rock has the beat of sexual intercourse. That is why Ravel's "Bolero" is the one piece of classical music that is commonly known and liked by them."


Check out Pink Martini's version of Bolero. It's much more fun.
Obviously the inspiration (or, at least, an inspiration) for the "fight scene music" used in the original Star Trek.
 pilgrim wrote:

I am reminded of this story that appeared in Wired years ago about one man's hearing loss, his struggle to get it back and how it revolved around this musical piece - https://www.wired.com/2005/11/bolero/

The technical aspects are pretty amazing and I should really check what's new on this front as my hearing gets worse with each passing day



 

Great article - thanks for sharing.  I hope I never end up in this boat.
Since '10' - about a hundred years ago...I have never be able to hear this without channeling the Bo Derek image and Dudley Moore throwing the pillow
Hilarious!{#Roflol}
If Ravel only knew...

What else could this be, but a 10!
A timeless favorite .......
 baylees wrote:
Yes Star Trek did rip parts of this

For those who thought it was monotonous or building to slowly.  It is classically defined as the closest thing to romance leading up to SEX .

No its not Barry White sexy or drop your drawers eat your booty rap either. Its from long ago.  You had to imply sex to a much smarter more patient (no instant gratification) audience. 

 
Drop your drawers, Eat your Booty? That made me chuckle on a Monday morning,,, thanks 

I am reminded of this story that appeared in Wired years ago about one man's hearing loss, his struggle to get it back and how it revolved around this musical piece - https://www.wired.com/2005/11/bolero/

The technical aspects are pretty amazing and I should really check what's new on this front as my hearing gets worse with each passing day


 j1sey wrote:
Good stuff!  first heard this in Allegro Non Tropo

 
I LOVE THIS SHORT!!! I remember seeing this on Cinemax or HBO which I could get for free if I wrapped tin foil around the cable connection to the TV when I was in Jr. High in the 80's... For a teenage boy that was something else...

Allegro Non Tropo
Some say this reminds them of the movie 10, but for me it's Torvill and Dean  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2zbbN4OL98
It's not often my kids will ask me to turn up classical music.  Or ask to play that again. {#Bananajam}
It's all about sex, dear friends.    {#Beat}

Initially, Rubinstein (Russian dancer Ida Rubinstein)  asked Ravel to create for her a work with Spanish character, suggesting that he—a highly skilled orchestrator who six years earlier had reworked Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’sPictures at an Exhibition—might adapt for orchestra some piano pieces by Spaniard Isaac Albéniz. But after some consideration, Ravel instead wrote his own original composition, a piece he called Boléro—though some observed that the rhythms were more like those of the fandangoand seguidilla than the bolero. At its debut Rubinstein herself took the solo role of a sultry café dancer enticing her masculine audience, whose growing excitement is reflected in the work’s signature crescendo.    https://www.britannica.com/topic/Bolero-by-Ravel
One of my favorite musical experiences. So much fun! And bombastic! Can't help but smile.
Aaaaaah yes - this is what I needed.
Aren't we glad Maurice was able to record this before he died?

/s
Mike Oldfield must have had this in mind when composing Tubular Bells.
Overrated? Overplayed? Maybe even kind of vulgarised? I don't give shit, as long as it's GORGEOUS!
Yes Star Trek did rip parts of this

For those who thought it was monotonous or building to slowly.  It is classically defined as the closest thing to romance leading up to SEX .

No its not Barry White sexy or drop your drawers eat your booty rap either. Its from long ago.  You had to imply sex to a much smarter more patient (no instant gratification) audience. 
I know...I know....most folks have gotten a bit tired of this...even though it's a great piece of music (to me).  And I agree.  And I'll also bet most folks (of a certain age) immediately associate it with a certain movie, too?  Heh!  I'm not much different...BUT....I still flash on this animation (Allegro non Troppo) whenever I hear this piece:

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x23sf75_bolero_creation

Somehow it seems quite an apt piece (of animation) for this piece don't it?  Not to mention it is superb cranked up head-phones style. {#Music}

Highlow
American Net'Zen
For those who tire of the repetition, try following the chart in the Wiki article as this plays.  Besides making it more interesting, there's something to be learned. While you're at it, for added interest, try drumming the snare part without missing a beat! Not easy. :-)
wow great piece of music -reminds me of the film '10' with Dudley Moor -very funny , highly recommended
 
By rights the segue from this one should be almost any song from Astral Weeks. Except, maybe, The Way Young Lovers Do.
 Lodomojo wrote:
Enough with the Bolero! Thousands of great Classical pieces and this thing gets played TO DEATH!

 
RT + Fav
Enough with the Bolero! Thousands of great Classical pieces and this thing gets played TO DEATH!
Refreshing to hear some classical, however the monotonous development upon the theme, and the annoying military rhythm part made this a nice try, but better luck next time. Better than U2 anyway. ;-)
Heard a fascinating story on NPR about how Ravel suffered a serious condition that led to the extreme repetitive style of "Bolero". This was the last piece he published. 

From Wikipedia:

 Rael commented to Arthur Honegger, one of Les Six, "I've written only one masterpiece – Boléro. Unfortunately there's no music in it."
 kennewicksheri wrote:
thank you .. Thank you ....
marvelous to hear Ravel today ...
Speakers cranked..... and feeling renewed...

Thank you 

 
The louder the better for this gem.
 Tippster wrote:

Check out Frank Zappa's take sometime.

 
Pink Martini does a great job.  Plus the guy who put the you tube video together chose some rather comely scenery.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQOsUMbU9n4 
Oh, man, what can I say?
Tan hipnótico como machacón.
Deutsche Grammophon…now there's an audiophile label for the ages. Along with Sheffield Labs, Angel, RCA Victor, K&K Verlagsanstalt, et mucho al.
ok so read my mind on loving this...about 50 pc at citadel summer music fest quebec city 03? and 32 c out no shade and sounding exactly like a large army marching to take us ..... the crescendo of course....so real
 
Rated 9 in part because it was an unexpected pleasure to hear it on RP. 
so tempting to rate this a 6.0.   Much respect to Chris Dean.    a nine for now.
Hell yes! Sure, there are better interpretations like Jeff Beck's (just kidding ((not really)).  But the Bolero is like pizza.
 deepwoodskev wrote:
If you listen closely, you can hear one of the drummers yawning.

 
it is repetitive

got lucky on PSD with Kashmir 
 stalfnzo wrote:
Ravel wrote this as a farce, a humorous comment on the music of the day. The joke is that everyone thinks it's serious. 

 
Interesting, if true.  Got a reference?
robertheston
(Winston Salem, NC)
Posted: Jan 27, 2014 - 18:36
 

Nearly 20 years after the premiere of Ravel's Boléro, its influence had reached to the West and even further to the East. While directing Rashomon (1950), Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa demanded from the film's composer Fumio Hayasaka, "a piece like Ravel's "Boléro," to link to a particular scene. In Kurosawa's Rashomon there are a series of four characters that give their testimony as witnesses to a murder. For the duration of Masako Kanazawa's (the leading female character) testimony the soundtrack begins to play, for nearly 10 minutes a rather similar selection of Ravel's Boléro. The track used in the film is neither a theme nor a variation of Boléro, however, one unaware of Kurosawa's demand but familiar with Boléro are sure to hear some rather explicit similarities. Two similarities that are easily identifiable are "the unchanging ostinato rhythm" and the rising continuous crescendo from pianissimo to fortissimo. The rhythm may be a straight lift out Boléro, while the primary melody could easily be mistaken for Ravel's. Michael Harris commenting on the use of a Boléro-esque track in Kurosawa's Rashomon, "Together, Hayasaka and Kurosawa brilliantly use traditional Japanese theatre aesthetics upon which to hang this fractured tale of memory and lies."

I never knew that.  And I'm a big fan of Kurosawa's, having originally subscribed to Netflix in order to access his films  (he started in the industry in the 1930s.)   I've seen Rashomon  3 or 4 times, never picked up on the soundtrack.  Curiously, the last time I saw  Rashomon , the plot seems to have changed; memory does funny things.  I once took the film to my movie group, who gawffawed at the witch sequence -no appreciation there  for.  " traditional Japanese theatre aesthetics ".  
Thank you for your input.


If you listen closely, you can hear one of the drummers yawning.
thank you .. Thank you ....
marvelous to hear Ravel today ...
Speakers cranked..... and feeling renewed...

Thank you 
Was having a stressful day, but not anymore. Thanks Bill!
 msla7142 wrote:
really too long...

 
That's what she said.
Slow burn. . .that burns. . .and BURNS. . .AND BURNS!!!
Love this, but because it starts so low, I assumed RP had crashed on my iPad again :)
 Axelito wrote:
So lonnnnnnggggg.....1
 
and soooooooooooo AWESOME.


Musicians hate 'Bolero'.  Boring to play.
 Axelito wrote:
So lonnnnnnggggg.....1
 
It always amazes me how utterly engaging this piece is, despite the repetition and length. Incredibly masterful, not to mention revolutionary. More classical on RP!

(PS listen out for the constructed harmonics played by the piccolo that create a sound like an organ - crazily brilliant!)
So lonnnnnnggggg.....1
Parts sound like they were used as the soundtrack for some of the old Star Trek fight scenes - Captain Kirk vs. some threatening alien
9 > 10 - Doesn't get any better!
Brilliant.  Masterful. Just wake me up when it's over.
 ColdMiser wrote:
The King Crimson interpretation is always a good take as well

 
Check out Frank Zappa's take sometime.
Magnificent kitsch. And I really do mean that in the best possible way.