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Classics Explained - Ravel: Bolero, Ma Mere L'oye


Release Date: 07/17/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8558032-33   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Maurice Ravel
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 38 Mins. 

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This selection includes commentary on and analysis of these works,
narrated by Jeremy Siepmann.
This selection includes commentary on and analysis of these works,
narrated by Jeremy Siepmann. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
2.
Ma mère l'oye by Maurice Ravel
Period: 20th Century 
Written: France 
Notes: Composition written: France (1908 - 1910). 

Sound Samples

An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Bolero-Introduction; cue to unadorned Bolero rhythm, Part 1
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Bolero rhythm, Part 2: an extended variation of Part 1
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: ' Motto ' rhythm complete
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: But here we have snare drums and plucked violas and cellos
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 1: Introduction of ' the theme ' by solo flute
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Flute continues with Part 2 of theme
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 2: Complete statement of theme by clarinet as flute joins ' motto ' group
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Introduction of ' discordant ' harp into the unfolding picture
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 3: Bassoon introduces closely related variant of theme
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: ...but then veers upwards, slowing rhythm and introducing new syncopation
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 4: ' Petite ' E flat clainet takes over theme, including variants
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 5: Oboe d'amore takes over theme but returns to its original form
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 6: Theme now shared by two instruments: uted trumpet and flute
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 7: Tenor saxophone takes Theme as trumpet replaces horn in ' motto '
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 8: Theme taken by soprano saxphone, ' espressivo '
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 9: Theme: celeste, piccolos and horn; Motto: flute and French horn
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 10: Theme: Oboes, horns, clarinets; Motto: plucked violas and violins
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 11: Theme taken by First Trombone, complete with jazzy slides
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 12: Theme: flutes, oboes, clarinets, sax; Motto: bassoons, horns, trumpets
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 13: Violins at last take the main tune, joining massed winds
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 14: Violins divide into four groups, each ' double-stopping '
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 15: Trumpet, trombone 2 and tuba join the foreground
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 16: First trombone and soprano saxophone ' rejoin ' theme
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 17: Fortissimo; all strings ' double-stopping '; trumpets added
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 18: Entire orchestra now employed, ' as loudly as possible '
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 19: Sudden, amazing change of key, lurching from C to E major
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Section 20: Key now lurches back to C, as jazzy trombones whiningly protest
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Cue to complete performance
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Bolero (complete)
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant-Opening figure on flute; rising, falling, and then reeated
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Same again, with emphasis on delicacy of scoring
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: answering variant, accompanied by plucked double basses
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Reminder of opening figure
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: ... and now its rhythmical mirror image, or almost...
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Answering Phrase 2: a near-inversion, over ' James Bond ' accompaniment
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Pivotal Phrase 3, reversing direction but keeping rhythm of Phrase 2
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Reprise of Phrases 1 and 2, but with new accompaniment
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Further Reprise of Phrase 2, now on violin, accompanied by harp
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Pavane (complete)
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Petit Poucet (Tom Thumb)-Introduction; Opening, with multi-metre rising scales from muted violins
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Change of metre continue as solo oboe introduces Theme One
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Oboe yields to Cor Anglais for Theme Two, against lower (still muted) strings
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Theme One returns, shared by clarinet and flute, muted horn added to accompaniment
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: 'Motto' rhythm dominates as intensity increases from lower strings to full orchestra
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Fear subsides as Theme Two returns, again in Cor Anglais but now in a different key
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Sensational sound effects evoke a wood at night, with screeches, cuckooing etc.
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Texture thins; Theme one returns, delicately scored for strings and piccolo
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: The main part of movement ends, with waltz-like march(!), featuring flute
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Petit Poucet (complete)
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Laideronnette, Imperatrice des Pagodes-Introduction; opening bars, followed by Theme One
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Oriental-orchestral equivalent of an imprial telephone bell
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: ... oboe ' answers ' with a very slightly varied version of Theme One
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Expanded derivative of the ' telephone bell ' interrupts the theme again
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Fragments of theme in flutes and cor anglais, with ' James Bond ' tag in violins
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: 'Gamelan ' music from flute and piccolo, accompanied by harp, xylophone and strings
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: arrival of Empress; upper strings yield to winds, celeste, harp and (very discreet) gong
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Laideronnette, Imperatrice des Pagodes (complete)
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete- opening
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Characteristic pattern of two short phrases answered by a long one
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Clarinet, flutes and violas, with ' sighing' figure derived from downward string motif
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Varied reprise of opening, entry of the ' Beast '; ' Watch it ! Watch it ! '
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Again the ' Beast ' growls; again the cautious warning ' Watch it ! ' from the winds
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Derivative of Beauty's Theme from flute, combined with ' caution motif ' in strings
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: ' Beast's theme ' rises in pitch with each successive ' gowl ' (representing hope?)
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: ' Beauty ', ' Beast ' and ' Caution ' motifs all combine simultaneously
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: ' Beast ' (contra-bassoon) climbs ever higher, handing over to bassoon proper
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Harp's upward glide heralds the moment of transformation; love song, fear, release
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete (complete)
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Le jardin feerique-Introduction; Opening bars are unfuuuuuuuuurled by the strings alone
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: The rhythmic basis, and its guises. First, a question: ' Where went my childhood?'
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: The question intensified:' Oh where went ... my childhood?'
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: The answer, with a falling inflection: ' Gone is your childhood.'
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: The plea: ' Bring back my childhood!'
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: The response: ' Seek in ... your mem'ry. There it ... will be.'
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Ravel's use of tone colour to change the feeling of the music
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Further illustration of the same point
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Continued
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: The nobility of the strings
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Bells evoked by French horns; the final, opulent, moving climax of the whole suite
An Introduction to ... RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye: Le jardin feerique (complete)

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