Bolero by Ravel for Classical Ukulele
In this video Jeff Peterson of Ukulele Corner plays his arrangement of Bolero by Ravel for classical ukulele. This arrangement is for Low G ukulele.
Bolero is a one-movement orchestral work by French composer Maurice Ravel. It is the gradual crescendo, ostinato rhytm, and sinuous melodies that make this classic a masterpiece. Russian dancer Ida Rubinstein commissioned the piece and the Paris Opéra premiered it in 1928 with a choreography by Bronislava Nijinska. The work takes its title from the Spanish dance form of the same name. Bolero features a simple two-part theme that different instruments play in 18 variations. In this arrangement for Low G ukulele, the theme appears on classical ukulele with interwoven harmonies that simulates the orchestral texture. The arrangement preserves the original tempo of Ravel’s composition and offers a unique way to experience this famous piece. This allows for experimentation with a range of articulations, dynamics, and strumming techniques.