Boléro (Ravel, Maurice)

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General Information

Work Title Boléro
Alternative. Title Bolero
Composer Ravel, Maurice
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. M.81
Key C major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 movement
Tempo di Bolero. Moderato assai
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1928
First Performance. 1928-11-22 in Paris: Palais Garnier.
Orchestre de l'Opéra; Walther Straram (conductor)
First Publication. 1929
Copyright Information While public domain in Canada and the EU, this work is probably copyright in the USA until 1 January 2025. By printing the score above with a 1932 copyright claim when the actual first publication took place in 1929, Durand may have invalidated their US copyright, though it would likely take a court case to overturn the copyright registration and renewal. Even then, the failure to comply with the notice requirements are possibly trumped by the GATT/TRIPS restoration amendments as the work was under copyright in its country of origin on January 1, 1996.
Dedication Ida Rubinstein
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Orchestra:
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes (2 also oboe d'amore), English horn,
E clarinet, 2 clarinets (B), bass clarinet (B), 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
sopranino saxophone (F), soprano saxophone (also tenor saxophone) (B)
4 horns (F), piccolo trumpet (D), 3 trumpets (C), 3 trombones, tuba
timpani (3), 2 snare drums, bass drum, cymbals, gong, celesta, harp, strings
  • Further comments:
  1. The E clarinet part can be done by one of the clarinets, i.e. only 3 players are needed.
  2. Although not in the list at the front of the score, the last 6 bars of the work show a line for Gr.C. (Grosse Caisse, i.e. bass drum.)
  3. The saxophone parts are usually played by two saxophonists: the first playing the sopranino and soprano passages with a soprano saxophone and the second playing only the tenor saxophone.
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Version History

  • Composed for orchestra, 1928
  • Arranged for piano 4 hands by Ravel, 1929