The most eccentric versions of Boléro by Maurice Ravel

After a string of legal and testamentary twists and turns, Boléro recently entered the public domain. Even before this outcome, though, numerous "artists" had already reprised the famous Boléro, for better or for worse...

Maurice Ravel's Boléro was written at the request of the Russian dancer Ida Rubenstein and premiered immediately afterwards in 1928. It was inspired by the fandango (also its intended name), a traditional couples dance of Spanish and Portuguese origin. Ravel probably had no inkling that he was writing the most frequently-performed work in the French repertoire.

Boléro's very simple melodic motif made it easy to export all over the world, as witnessed by the incalculable number of versions that can be found on the Internet, often adapted in very surprising ways.

We bring you a selection of Boléro covers by artists from around the world.

A special mention for this masterpiece from northern Mexico: Los Baron de Apocada, Ladies Bar. This eye-catching reprise has it all: an enraptured audience, a catchy dance routine and cowboys complete with open shirts and cowboy hats. This Boléro has become a mixture of conga and polka, with the jaunty melodic theme tirelessly repeated by the singer Ubaldo Suárez.

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