30 Apr '16, 11am

Copyright expires on Bolero, world's most famous classical crescendo

Copyright expires on Bolero, world's most famous classical crescendo

PARIS (AFP) - Almost 90 years after it was first performed in Paris, the copyright runs out on Sunday (May 1) on one of the most popular and unique pieces of classical music, Ravel's Bolero. "We are accustomed to say that a performance of Bolero begins every 10 minutes in the world. As the work lasts 17 minutes, it is therefore playing at all times somewhere," said Laurent Petitgirard of France's Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers (SACEM). "And it is likely that we will hear it even more now, in advertisements or in films". Written in 1928 and performed on Nov 22 of that year at Paris' Opera Garnier, the symphonic work, which grows steadily louder as it progresses, was originally a ballet piece ordered by Russian dancer Ida Rubinstein, a friend and sponsor of the French composer Maurice Ravel. Immediately hailed by critics, it quickly became a worldwide suc...

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