Boléro
Maurice Ravel

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The highest of Ravel's 3 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame, this has appeared in every chart, starting off in 1996 at its highest position of number 48.

Ravel's orchestral work Boléro dates from 1928. Just before embarking on a tour of America, Ravel was commissioned by the Russian ballerina and dance impresario Ida Rubinstein to compose the music for a ballet, provisionally called Fandango.

Ravel was absolutely insistent that the tempo of Boléro should remain constant throughout its fifteen minutes.