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SUBJECTS — Music (Classical);
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Talent;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — None.
Age: 9+; Not rated; Short subject doocumentary; 26 minutes; 1973, Color.
The Bolero is an Academy Award winning presentation of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing Maurice Ravel's symphonic masterpiece. Zubin Mehta, the conductor, and several members of the orchestra provide commentary on the music and their work as musicians. The instruments featured include: flute, clarinet, bassoon, E-flat clarinet, oboe d'amore, trumpet, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, piccolo, trombone and violin. The music is excellent and the camera work extraordinary.
Lasting only 26 minutes, this short subject can be of great assistance in introducing classical music to secondary school students. The film also provides an introduction to many instruments of the modern orchestra. The comments by Mr. Mehta and some of the musicians personalize the music and give students a little information about the lives of classical musicians.
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The Boléro is an excellent introduction to classical music.
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Joseph-Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937) was a French composer and pianist known especially for the subtlety, richness and poignancy of his melodies. Ravel's compositions are also characterized by rich orchestral and instrumental textures. Ravel's music is a staple of the modern repertoire for orchestra, piano, chamber music, and voice.
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