Boléro (Ravel, Maurice)

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For Violin, Double Bass and Piano (Vincent IV)

 Synthesized recording (EU)
#371019 - 5.23MB - 5:55 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/25/!N - 67x

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Teo (2015/3/26)

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Teo Vincent IV (Computer)

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Teo Vincent IV

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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Vincent Trio Scores version

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Sheet Music

Full Scores

 Complete Score (EU)
#01578 - 4.34MB, 67 pp. -  5.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (125- V/25/V - 90168x

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Aglover (2006/9/23)

 Complete Score (well cropped) (EU)
#104723 - 4.21MB, 67 pp. -  6.4/10 2 4 6 8 10 (62- V/25/V - 32627x

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Goreld (2011/6/8)

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Paris: Durand & Cie., 1929. Plate D. & F. 11.839.

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Public Domain - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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B&W, medium quality

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 Complete Score (EU)
#01577 - 50.95MB, 34 (=68) pp. -  6.9/10 2 4 6 8 10 (47- V/25/V - 38155x

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Aglover (2006/9/23)

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Paris: Durand & Cie., 1932. Plate D. & F. 11.839.

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Public Domain - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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High quality grayscale.

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 Complete Score (EU)
#29749 - 3.85MB, 74 pp. -  6.1/10 2 4 6 8 10 (26- V/25/V - 20427x

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Alan Chen (2009/3/22)

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Moscow: Muzyka, n.d.(ca.1970)?.

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Public Domain - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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Parts

 Flute 1/2 (EU)
#299525 - 3.98MB, 12 pp. -  5.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (13- V/25/V - 7772x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Piccolo (EU)
#299526 - 2.01MB, 4 pp. -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7- V/25/V - 2954x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Oboe 1/2 (2nd also Oboe d'amore) (EU)
#299527 - 4.68MB, 10 pp. -  5.4/10 2 4 6 8 10 (14- V/25/V - 3400x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 English horn (EU)
#299504 - 1.49MB, 3 pp. -  7.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2- V/25/V - 1735x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Piccolo Clarinet (E) (EU)
#299502 - 0.23MB, 1 pp. -  6.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/25/V - 3131x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Clarinet 1/2 (B) (EU)
#299528 - 4.41MB, 9 pp. -  5.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (13- V/25/V - 5310x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Bass Clarinet (B) (EU)
#299503 - 1.10MB, 4 pp. -  7.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/25/V - 1857x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Bassoon 1/2 (EU)
#299529 - 3.70MB, 7 pp. -  6.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (8- V/25/V - 4076x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Contrabassoon (EU)
#299501 - 1.14MB, 3 pp. -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/25/V - 1237x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Saxophone 1/2
Sopranino (F), Soprano (B, also Tenor)
(EU)
#299507 - 3.54MB, 7 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- V/25/V - 3882x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Horn 1/2 (F) (EU)
#299505 - 3.51MB, 8 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- V/25/V - 3111x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Horn 3/4 (F) (EU)
#299506 - 2.78MB, 6 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/25/V - 1561x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Piccolo Trumpet (D) (EU)
#299510 - 0.99MB, 3 pp. -  7.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/25/V - 2609x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Trumpet 1/2 (B) (EU)
#299511 - 3.67MB, 7 pp. -  6.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (11- V/25/V - 3911x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Trumpet 3 (B) (EU)
#299512 - 1.49MB, 3 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/25/V - 1847x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Trombone 1/2 (EU)
#299508 - 2.02MB, 4 pp. -  6.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (8- V/25/V - 4815x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Trombone 3 (EU)
#299509 - 0.75MB, 3 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/25/V - 1660x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Tuba (EU)
#299513 - 0.99MB, 3 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/25/V - 1594x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Timpani (EU)
#299519 - 0.83MB, 3 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2- V/25/V - 1748x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Snare Drums (EU)
#299518 - 2.34MB, 5 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/25/V - 3590x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Bass Drum (EU)
#299514 - 0.13MB, 1 pp. -  6.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- V/25/V - 2567x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Cymbals/Tam-Tam (EU)
#299516 - 0.14MB, 1 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/25/V - 1687x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Harp (EU)
#299517 - 3.02MB, 7 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/25/V - 1647x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Celesta (EU)
#299515 - 0.32MB, 1 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2- V/25/V - 1442x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Violins I (EU)
#299523 - 3.97MB, 11 pp. -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7- V/25/V - 4743x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Violins II (EU)
#299524 - 2.76MB, 9 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2- V/25/V - 2355x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Violas (EU)
#299521 - 2.94MB, 9 pp. -  7.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5- V/25/V - 2455x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Cellos (EU)
#299522 - 2.08MB, 8 pp. -  9.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- V/25/V - 2689x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Basses (EU)
#299520 - 1.24MB, 4 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1- V/25/V - 1912x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

Publisher Info.:

Paris: Durand & Cie., 1929. Plate D. & F. 11.780.

Copyright:

Public Domain - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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much cleaner scans than those already uploaded

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 Flute 1/2 (2nd also Piccolo) (EU)
#251476 - 0.69MB, 12 pp. -  6.4/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5- V/25/V - 4698x

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Galpo (2012/11/2)

 Oboe 1/2 (2nd also Oboe d'amore) (EU)
#257035 - 0.57MB, 10 pp. -  4.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4- V/25/V - 1880x

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Galpo (2012/11/2)

 Clarinet 1/2 (B) (EU)
#257037 - 0.55MB, 10 pp. -  6.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7- V/25/V - 3524x

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Galpo (2012/11/2)

 Bassoon 1/2 (EU)
#257036 - 0.90MB, 7 pp. -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- V/25/V - 2534x

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Galpo (2012/11/2)

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Paris: Durand & Cie., 1929. Plate D. & F. 11.780.

Copyright:

Public Domain - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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 Soprano saxophone (B) (EU)
#100565 - 0.42MB, 3 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/25/!N - 4587x

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Geoff Sinclair (2011/5/1)

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Geoff Sinclair

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Geoff Sinclair

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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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Replaces the Sopranino Saxophone plus the Soprano sections of Tenor Saxophone.
Source: Durand & Cie., 1929. Plate D. & F. 11.839

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 Saxophone (alternate for soprano and tenor saxophones) (EU)
#128792 - 0.85MB, 7 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3- !N/25/!N - 3192x

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Käkki (2011/9/24)

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Pekka Siponen

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Pekka Siponen

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Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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 Piccolo Trumpet in B (instead of D Trumpet) (EU)
#316035 - 0.03MB, 2 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/25/!N - 355x

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Pierluigibattaglia (2014/4/5)

 Trumpet 3 (in B, transposed) (EU)
#320976 - 0.06MB, 3 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/25/!N - 224x

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Pierluigibattaglia (2014/4/5)

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Pierluigi Battaglia

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Pierluigi Battaglia

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Complete

For 2 Pianos (Ravel)

 Complete Score (EU)
#100020 - 2.33MB, 30 pp. -  7.1/10 2 4 6 8 10 (11- V/26/V - 9467x

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Daphnis (2011/4/25)

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Paris: Durand & Cie, 1930. Plate D. & F. 11,828.

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Public Domain - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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For Piano 4 hands (Ravel)

 Complete Score (scan) (EU) (Preview)
#257255 - 5.37MB, 32 (ii, #1-30) pp. -  8.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (9- V/25/V - 4348x

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piupianissimo (2012/11/4)

 Complete Score (filter) (EU) (Preview)
#257256 - 3.43MB, 32 (ii, #1-30) pp. -  8.4/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5- V/25/V - 1518x

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piupianissimo (2012/11/4)

 Complete score (medium quality) (EU) (Preview)
#25386 - 1.44MB, 30 pp. -  6.9/10 2 4 6 8 10 (9- V/25/V - 10805x

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Daphnis (2008/12/11)

TN-Ravel, Maurice-Bolero Piano a 4 mains Durand 11659.jpg
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First edition

Publisher Info.:

Paris: Durand, 1929. Plate D. & F. 11,659.

Copyright:

Public Domain - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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scan: score scanned at 600dpi
filter: score filtered with 2-point algorithm explained in High Quality Scanning
I provide the original scanned version and the filtered, because the filter does some changes (smoothening, sharpening borders) and some portions of the scan get lost sometimes (when they are too small e.g.) - so you can choose your favorite. You may ask me for a manually cleaned version.
medium quality: scanned at 300dpi.

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For Piano solo (Garban)

 Complete score (CA)
#21721 - 0.29MB, 8 pp. -  6.4/10 2 4 6 8 10 (31- 10/25/30

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Daphnis (2008/9/6)

 Complete score (CA)
#77909 - 12.10MB, 9 pp. -  5.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (9- V/25/30

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Douweziel (2010/9/6)

Arranger:

Roger Branga, pseudonym of Lucien Garban (1877-1959)

Publisher Info.:

Paris: Durand, 1929. Plate D.& F. 11,671.

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Public Domain - Non-PD US, Non-PD EU [tag/del]

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For Violin Solo (Notnd)

 Violin Part (EU)
#36822 - 1.20MB, 2 pp. -  5.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (10- !N/25/!N - 12745x

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Notnd (2009/8/11)

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Notnd

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Notnd

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Selections

For Violin, Double Bass and Piano (Vincent IV)

 Complete score (78 bars) (EU)
#371015 - 0.13MB, 5 pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/25/!N - 138x

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Teo (2015/3/26)

 Finale notation file (EU)
#371016 - 0.09MB, ? pp. -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0- !N/25/!N - 49x

ZIP typeset by arranger
Teo (2015/3/26)

Arranger:

Teo Vincent IV

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Teo Vincent IV

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Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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Vincent Trio Scores version

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General Information

Work Title Boléro
Alternative Title Bolero
Composer Ravel, Maurice
Opus/Catalogue Number M.81
Key C major
Movements/Sections 1 movement
Tempo di Bolero. Moderato assai
Year/Date of Composition 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
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 (B, also tenor saxophone)
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.
External Links Maurice-Ravel.net
Wikipedia article


Misc. Comments

Version History

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