Lot 766: Stunning autograph musical manuscript signed "Maurice Ravel," one page, 10.5 x 13.75, no date. Ravel pens the complete theme of his most famous work, adding the title at the top, "Bolero." The music is comprised of 17 measures in C major, with the full theme enunciated by the first solo flute in 3/4 time. At the beginning, Ravel indicates "Tempo di Bolero, moderato assai," where a quarter note equals 66. In fine condition, with two small tears to the bottom edge and the staff lines uniformly faded but for a block at the bottom (all of Ravel's writing remains strong and bold). Far and away Ravel's most famous work, Bolero was originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein, premiering to great success on November 22, 1928.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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