Ravel From Bolero
Maurice Ravel’s pioneering Bolero never ceases to fascinate.
About the video
- Published online 29 August 2023.
- The video is approximately 6 minutes.
- A musical excerpt from the series Mankind and Music, episode 1.
Maurice Ravel, alongside Claude Debussy, is one of France’s most important composers. Bolero repeats a simple melody with increasingly refined instrumentation, as the strength grows and ultimately reaches a climax.
The continuously varied instrument combinations make each fresh listen to Bolero a new and surprising musical experience. Bolero was composed as music for ballet and was a hit at its 1928 premiere in Paris.
This excerpt of music is from episode 1 of the series Mankind and Music. The five episodes are available to watch here on Konserthuset Play. Why does music exist? What happens to us when we make or listen to music? In this series, we explore answers to these questions together with musicians, listeners and researchers.
Maurice Ravel From Bolero
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Tobias Ringborg conductor