Bolero – Ravel

When I was in high school, the head librarian shared her love of classical music with me. Since I didn’t know very many pieces at the time, I asked her what she recommended in building a collection. “You gotta have Bolero,” was the first thing she mentioned. Here is a link to some background on the genre.

I also like this article on Ravel which reveals what inspired him as he wrote the music. Here are some additional cool facts from the London Daily Mail.

I thought it would be fun to see it performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, from a May 2013 performance:

And finally, I love this animated version: