Boléro (Ravel, Maurice)

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 Complete Score (EU)
#01578 - 4.34MB, 67 pp. -  5.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (97) - V/25/V - 73227x

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Aglover (2006/9/23)

 Complete Score (well cropped) (EU)
#104723 - 4.21MB, 67 pp. -  6.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (49) - V/25/V - 25372x

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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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 Complete Score (EU)
#01577 - 50.95MB, 34 (=68) pp. -  7.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (41) - V/25/V - 31586x

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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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 Complete Score (EU)
#29749 - 3.85MB, 74 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (23) - V/25/V - 16916x

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Alan Chen (2009/3/22)

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

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 Flute 1/2 (EU)
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 Piccolo (EU)
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 Oboe 1/2 (2nd also Oboe d'amore) (EU)
#299527 - 4.68MB, 10 pp. -  7.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4) - V/25/V - 1244x

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 English horn (EU)
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 Piccolo Clarinet (E) (EU)
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 Clarinet 1/2 (B) (EU)
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 Bass Clarinet (B) (EU)
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 Bassoon 1/2 (EU)
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 Contrabassoon (EU)
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 Saxophone 1/2
Sopranino (F), Soprano (B, also Tenor)
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 Horn 1/2 (F) (EU)
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 Horn 3/4 (F) (EU)
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 Piccolo Trumpet (D) (EU)
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 Trumpet 1/2 (B) (EU)
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 Trumpet 3 (B) (EU)
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 Trombone 1/2 (EU)
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 Trombone 3 (EU)
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 Tuba (EU)
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 Timpani (EU)
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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Snare Drums (EU)
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 Bass Drum (EU)
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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Cymbals/Tam-Tam (EU)
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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 - 570x

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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 - 519x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

 Violins I (EU)
#299523 - 3.97MB, 11 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (2) - V/25/V - 1611x

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 Violins II (EU)
#299524 - 2.76MB, 9 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - V/25/V - 802x

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 Violas (EU)
#299521 - 2.94MB, 9 pp. -  6.7/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - V/25/V - 825x

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 Cellos (EU)
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 Basses (EU)
#299520 - 1.24MB, 4 pp. -  10.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - V/25/V - 673x

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M.kowalski49 (2013/10/16)

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

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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 - 4428x

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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 - 1723x

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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 - 3280x

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 Bassoon 1/2 (EU)
#257036 - 0.90MB, 7 pp. -  2.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - V/25/V - 2395x

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Galpo (2012/11/2)

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

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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 - 4253x

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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 - 2818x

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Käkki (2011/9/24)

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Pekka Siponen

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 Piccolo Trumpet in B (instead of D Trumpet) (EU)
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 Trumpet 3 (in B, transposed) (EU)
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Pierluigibattaglia (2014/4/5)

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

For 2 Pianos (Ravel)

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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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For Piano 4 hands (Ravel)

 Complete Score (scan) (EU) (Preview)
#257255 - 5.37MB, 32 (ii, #1-30) pp. -  7.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (5) - V/25/V - 2646x

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 Complete Score (filter) (EU) (Preview)
#257256 - 3.43MB, 32 (ii, #1-30) pp. -  9.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4) - V/25/V - 978x

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 Complete score (medium quality) (EU) (Preview)
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Daphnis (2008/12/11)

TN-Ravel, Maurice-Bolero Piano a 4 mains Durand 11659.jpg
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Paris: Durand, 1929. Plate D. & F. 11,659.

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For Piano solo (Garban)

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#21721 - 0.29MB, 8 pp. -  6.2/10 2 4 6 8 10 (25) - 10/25/30

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Daphnis (2008/9/6)

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#77909 - 12.10MB, 9 pp. -  4.9/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7) - V/25/30

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Douweziel (2010/9/6)

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

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

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For Violin Solo (Notnd)

 Violin Part (EU)
#36822 - 1.20MB, 2 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (7) - !N/25/!N - 10559x

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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
Additional Copyright Info 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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