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Bolero (Ravel)


Genre: Band
# of Players: Standard
Level: 5 | Duration: 16:00
Publisher: G & M Brand | Copyright: 2008

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    Ravel's ever-popular masterpiece is now available for band in this wonderful setting. Geoffrey Brand has scored Bolero in such a way that one might think they were hearing the original orchestral version.

    Genre: Band | # of Players: Standard
    Level: 5 | Duration: 16:00

    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe 1
    Oboe 2/English Horn
    Eb Clarinet
    Bb Clarinet 1
    Bb Clarinet 2
    Bb Clarinet 3
    Eb Alto Clarinet
    Bb Bass Clarinet
    Bassoon 1/2
    Alto Saxophone 1/Bb Soprano Saxophone
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    Bb Cornet 1
    Bb Cornet 2
    Bb Cornet 3
    Bb Trumpet 1
    Bb Trumpet 2
    Horn in F 1/2
    Horn in F 3/4
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    Bass Trombone
    (Baritone T.C.)

    String Bass

    Snare Drum
    Percussion (bass drum, suspended cymbal, tam-tam)


    Program Notes
    During the time I was working on this arrangement of Bolero for wind orchestra I was given a copy of the book 'Musicophilia - Tales of Music and the Brain' by Oliver Sacks. Within its pages I was confronted with the information the "Maurice Ravel, the composer, suffered in the last years of his life from a condition...which would probably now be diagnosed as a form of frontotemporal dementia." Later, Professor Sacks "wonders, indeed, whether Ravel was on the cusp of dementia when he wrote his 'Bolero,' a work characterized by the relentless repetition of a single musical phrase dozens of times, waxing in loudness and orchestration but with no development."

    My curiosity was roused, and remains so, as to how different Bolero might have been had it been written earlier in Ravel's life?

    - Geoffrey Brand

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