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Classics Explained: RAVEL - Boléro and Ma Mère l’oye

An exploration of Ravel's Bolero and Ma Mere L'Oye narrated by Jeremy Siepmann

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Ravel: An Introduction to … RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye

1:37:01
$87.15
  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Bolero-Introduction; cue to unadorned Bolero rhythm, Part 1

2:29
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Bolero rhythm, Part 2: an extended variation of Part 1

0:07
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' Motto ' rhythm complete

0:21
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But here we have snare drums and plucked violas and cellos

0:22
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Section 1: Introduction of ' the theme ' by solo flute

0:37
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Flute continues with Part 2 of theme

0:48
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Section 2: Complete statement of theme by clarinet as flute joins ' motto ' group

1:30
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Introduction of ' discordant ' harp into the unfolding picture

0:18
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Section 3: Bassoon introduces closely related variant of theme

0:34
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...but then veers upwards, slowing rhythm and introducing new syncopation

0:59
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Section 4: ' Petite ' E flat clainet takes over theme, including variants

1:21
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Section 5: Oboe d'amore takes over theme but returns to its original form

1:34
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Section 6: Theme now shared by two instruments: uted trumpet and flute

1:16
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Section 7: Tenor saxophone takes Theme as trumpet replaces horn in ' motto '

1:39
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Section 8: Theme taken by soprano saxphone, ' espressivo '

1:09
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Section 9: Theme: celeste, piccolos and horn; Motto: flute and French horn

1:24
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Section 10: Theme: Oboes, horns, clarinets; Motto: plucked violas and violins

2:06
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Section 11: Theme taken by First Trombone, complete with jazzy slides

1:40
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Section 12: Theme: flutes, oboes, clarinets, sax; Motto: bassoons, horns, trumpets

1:13
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Section 13: Violins at last take the main tune, joining massed winds

1:14
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Section 14: Violins divide into four groups, each ' double-stopping '

1:04
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Section 15: Trumpet, trombone 2 and tuba join the foreground

1:18
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Section 16: First trombone and soprano saxophone ' rejoin ' theme

0:56
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Section 17: Fortissimo; all strings ' double-stopping '; trumpets added

1:26
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Section 18: Entire orchestra now employed, ' as loudly as possible '

1:18
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Section 19: Sudden, amazing change of key, lurching from C to E major

1:20
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Section 20: Key now lurches back to C, as jazzy trombones whiningly protest

0:36
$1.05

Cue to complete performance

0:20
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Bolero (complete)

16:16
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Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant-Opening figure on flute; rising, falling, and then reeated

1:04
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Same again, with emphasis on delicacy of scoring

0:30
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answering variant, accompanied by plucked double basses

0:19
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Reminder of opening figure

0:18
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... and now its rhythmical mirror image, or almost...

0:12
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Answering Phrase 2: a near-inversion, over ' James Bond ' accompaniment

0:41
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Pivotal Phrase 3, reversing direction but keeping rhythm of Phrase 2

0:46
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Reprise of Phrases 1 and 2, but with new accompaniment

0:39
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Further Reprise of Phrase 2, now on violin, accompanied by harp

0:40
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Pavane (complete)

1:41
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Petit Poucet (Tom Thumb)-Introduction; Opening, with multi-metre rising scales from muted violins

0:49
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Change of metre continue as solo oboe introduces Theme One

0:24
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Oboe yields to Cor Anglais for Theme Two, against lower (still muted) strings

0:44
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Theme One returns, shared by clarinet and flute, muted horn added to accompaniment

0:25
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'Motto' rhythm dominates as intensity increases from lower strings to full orchestra

0:46
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Fear subsides as Theme Two returns, again in Cor Anglais but now in a different key

0:32
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Sensational sound effects evoke a wood at night, with screeches, cuckooing etc.

0:44
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Texture thins; Theme one returns, delicately scored for strings and piccolo

0:19
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The main part of movement ends, with waltz-like march(!), featuring flute

0:28
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Petit Poucet (complete)

3:28
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Laideronnette, Imperatrice des Pagodes-Introduction; opening bars, followed by Theme One

2:00
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Oriental-orchestral equivalent of an imprial telephone bell

0:15
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... oboe ' answers ' with a very slightly varied version of Theme One

0:15
$1.05

Expanded derivative of the ' telephone bell ' interrupts the theme again

1:00
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Fragments of theme in flutes and cor anglais, with ' James Bond ' tag in violins

0:24
$1.05

'Gamelan ' music from flute and piccolo, accompanied by harp, xylophone and strings

0:32
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arrival of Empress; upper strings yield to winds, celeste, harp and (very discreet) gong

0:47
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Laideronnette, Imperatrice des Pagodes (complete)

3:57
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Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete- opening

0:51
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Characteristic pattern of two short phrases answered by a long one

0:36
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Clarinet, flutes and violas, with ' sighing' figure derived from downward string motif

0:21
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Varied reprise of opening, entry of the ' Beast '; ' Watch it ! Watch it ! '

0:32
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Again the ' Beast ' growls; again the cautious warning ' Watch it ! ' from the winds

0:40
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Derivative of Beauty's Theme from flute, combined with ' caution motif ' in strings

0:38
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' Beast's theme ' rises in pitch with each successive ' gowl ' (representing hope?)

0:52
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' Beauty ', ' Beast ' and ' Caution ' motifs all combine simultaneously

1:12
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' Beast ' (contra-bassoon) climbs ever higher, handing over to bassoon proper

0:49
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Harp's upward glide heralds the moment of transformation; love song, fear, release

2:09
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Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete (complete)

4:14
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Le jardin feerique-Introduction; Opening bars are unfuuuuuuuuurled by the strings alone

0:40
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The rhythmic basis, and its guises. First, a question: ' Where went my childhood?'

1:23
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The question intensified:' Oh where went ... my childhood?'

0:15
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The answer, with a falling inflection: ' Gone is your childhood.'

0:20
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The plea: ' Bring back my childhood!'

0:14
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The response: ' Seek in ... your mem'ry. There it ... will be.'

0:25
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Ravel's use of tone colour to change the feeling of the music

0:49
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Further illustration of the same point

0:27
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Continued

1:44
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The nobility of the strings

0:45
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Bells evoked by French horns; the final, opulent, moving climax of the whole suite

1:11
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Le jardin feerique (complete)

4:00
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Ravel: An Introduction to … RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye

1:37:01
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  • Jeremy Siepmann (reader)

Bolero-Introduction; cue to unadorned Bolero rhythm, Part 1

2:29
$1.25

Bolero rhythm, Part 2: an extended variation of Part 1

0:07
$1.25

' Motto ' rhythm complete

0:21
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Show 77 remaining tracks for Ravel: An Introduction to … RAVEL: Bolero and Ma Mere L'oye

But here we have snare drums and plucked violas and cellos

0:22
$1.25

Section 1: Introduction of ' the theme ' by solo flute

0:37
$1.25

Flute continues with Part 2 of theme

0:48
$1.25

Section 2: Complete statement of theme by clarinet as flute joins ' motto ' group

1:30
$1.25

Introduction of ' discordant ' harp into the unfolding picture

0:18
$1.25

Section 3: Bassoon introduces closely related variant of theme

0:34
$1.25

...but then veers upwards, slowing rhythm and introducing new syncopation

0:59
$1.25

Section 4: ' Petite ' E flat clainet takes over theme, including variants

1:21
$1.25

Section 5: Oboe d'amore takes over theme but returns to its original form

1:34
$1.25

Section 6: Theme now shared by two instruments: uted trumpet and flute

1:16
$1.25

Section 7: Tenor saxophone takes Theme as trumpet replaces horn in ' motto '

1:39
$1.25

Section 8: Theme taken by soprano saxphone, ' espressivo '

1:09
$1.25

Section 9: Theme: celeste, piccolos and horn; Motto: flute and French horn

1:24
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Section 10: Theme: Oboes, horns, clarinets; Motto: plucked violas and violins

2:06
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Section 11: Theme taken by First Trombone, complete with jazzy slides

1:40
$1.25

Section 12: Theme: flutes, oboes, clarinets, sax; Motto: bassoons, horns, trumpets

1:13
$1.25

Section 13: Violins at last take the main tune, joining massed winds

1:14
$1.25

Section 14: Violins divide into four groups, each ' double-stopping '

1:04
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Section 15: Trumpet, trombone 2 and tuba join the foreground

1:18
$1.25

Section 16: First trombone and soprano saxophone ' rejoin ' theme

0:56
$1.25

Section 17: Fortissimo; all strings ' double-stopping '; trumpets added

1:26
$1.25

Section 18: Entire orchestra now employed, ' as loudly as possible '

1:18
$1.25

Section 19: Sudden, amazing change of key, lurching from C to E major

1:20
$1.25

Section 20: Key now lurches back to C, as jazzy trombones whiningly protest

0:36
$1.25

Cue to complete performance

0:20
$1.25

Bolero (complete)

16:16
$5.05

Pavane de la Belle au bois dormant-Opening figure on flute; rising, falling, and then reeated

1:04
$1.25

Same again, with emphasis on delicacy of scoring

0:30
$1.25

answering variant, accompanied by plucked double basses

0:19
$1.25

Reminder of opening figure

0:18
$1.25

... and now its rhythmical mirror image, or almost...

0:12
$1.25

Answering Phrase 2: a near-inversion, over ' James Bond ' accompaniment

0:41
$1.25

Pivotal Phrase 3, reversing direction but keeping rhythm of Phrase 2

0:46
$1.25

Reprise of Phrases 1 and 2, but with new accompaniment

0:39
$1.25

Further Reprise of Phrase 2, now on violin, accompanied by harp

0:40
$1.25

Pavane (complete)

1:41
$1.25

Petit Poucet (Tom Thumb)-Introduction; Opening, with multi-metre rising scales from muted violins

0:49
$1.25

Change of metre continue as solo oboe introduces Theme One

0:24
$1.25

Oboe yields to Cor Anglais for Theme Two, against lower (still muted) strings

0:44
$1.25

Theme One returns, shared by clarinet and flute, muted horn added to accompaniment

0:25
$1.25

'Motto' rhythm dominates as intensity increases from lower strings to full orchestra

0:46
$1.25

Fear subsides as Theme Two returns, again in Cor Anglais but now in a different key

0:32
$1.25

Sensational sound effects evoke a wood at night, with screeches, cuckooing etc.

0:44
$1.25

Texture thins; Theme one returns, delicately scored for strings and piccolo

0:19
$1.25

The main part of movement ends, with waltz-like march(!), featuring flute

0:28
$1.25

Petit Poucet (complete)

3:28
$1.25

Laideronnette, Imperatrice des Pagodes-Introduction; opening bars, followed by Theme One

2:00
$1.25

Oriental-orchestral equivalent of an imprial telephone bell

0:15
$1.25

... oboe ' answers ' with a very slightly varied version of Theme One

0:15
$1.25

Expanded derivative of the ' telephone bell ' interrupts the theme again

1:00
$1.25

Fragments of theme in flutes and cor anglais, with ' James Bond ' tag in violins

0:24
$1.25

'Gamelan ' music from flute and piccolo, accompanied by harp, xylophone and strings

0:32
$1.25

arrival of Empress; upper strings yield to winds, celeste, harp and (very discreet) gong

0:47
$1.25

Laideronnette, Imperatrice des Pagodes (complete)

3:57
$1.25

Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete- opening

0:51
$1.25

Characteristic pattern of two short phrases answered by a long one

0:36
$1.25

Clarinet, flutes and violas, with ' sighing' figure derived from downward string motif

0:21
$1.25

Varied reprise of opening, entry of the ' Beast '; ' Watch it ! Watch it ! '

0:32
$1.25

Again the ' Beast ' growls; again the cautious warning ' Watch it ! ' from the winds

0:40
$1.25

Derivative of Beauty's Theme from flute, combined with ' caution motif ' in strings

0:38
$1.25

' Beast's theme ' rises in pitch with each successive ' gowl ' (representing hope?)

0:52
$1.25

' Beauty ', ' Beast ' and ' Caution ' motifs all combine simultaneously

1:12
$1.25

' Beast ' (contra-bassoon) climbs ever higher, handing over to bassoon proper

0:49
$1.25

Harp's upward glide heralds the moment of transformation; love song, fear, release

2:09
$1.25

Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bete (complete)

4:14
$1.25

Le jardin feerique-Introduction; Opening bars are unfuuuuuuuuurled by the strings alone

0:40
$1.25

The rhythmic basis, and its guises. First, a question: ' Where went my childhood?'

1:23
$1.25

The question intensified:' Oh where went ... my childhood?'

0:15
$1.25

The answer, with a falling inflection: ' Gone is your childhood.'

0:20
$1.25

The plea: ' Bring back my childhood!'

0:14
$1.25

The response: ' Seek in ... your mem'ry. There it ... will be.'

0:25
$1.25

Ravel's use of tone colour to change the feeling of the music

0:49
$1.25

Further illustration of the same point

0:27
$1.25

Continued

1:44
$1.25

The nobility of the strings

0:45
$1.25

Bells evoked by French horns; the final, opulent, moving climax of the whole suite

1:11
$1.25

Le jardin feerique (complete)

4:00
$1.25
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