Ravel’s Boléro. Next to most of the soundtrack to Koyaanisqatsi, it’s possibly the most repetitive piece of music ever written, amiright (respect, Philip Glass)? As it turns out, I am wrong, so wrong. In fact, Boléro is a piece built entirely around change. Howard Pollack, professor at Moores School of Music, author, lecturer, and guest on BBC specials
and NPR shows like Morning Edition and Fresh Air
, is our tour guide through this amazing piece of music by a very subtle and sneaky composer.
Audio production by Todd “Treble Clef” Hulslander with bass clef by Dacia Clay.
Music in this episode:
- “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker Suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Boléro by Maurice Ravel as performed by Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Charles Dutoit
For more about Howard Pollack: www.uh.edu