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He wrote the ice skaters’ favourite Bolero, a jazzy Piano Concerto and a Pavane for a Dead Princess. Find out more about the complex composer Maurice Ravel.
Ravel’s Boléro began life as Ravel’s Fandango – a commission from a Russian ballerina. The composer described it as a ‘piece for orchestra without music.’ The insistent, repetitive tune was famously skated to by Torvill and Dean at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics in 1984.
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