Maurice Ravel


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Ravel's inimitable Boléro tumbles 16 places in this year's chart

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.