For tunes old and new
Mary Johnston James Johnston
Presented by James Moody
Ravel's ' Bolero ' was originally written for Ida Rubinstein , who has on several occasions danced to it at Covent Garden. The idea of the dance is the gradual quickening of it:; monotonous but arresting rhythm, and the gradual piling up of orchestral effect until a supreme climax is reached at which everything comes to an end with a deafening fortissimo chord. It was first performed as an orchestral piece at a BBC Symphony Concert during the season 1929-30. It was an immediate success and since that time it has become one of the most popular pieces in the modern repertoire.
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