This scientific edition introduces an unpublished work based on the complete orchestral manuscript of 1928 kept at The Morgan Library (New York), the preparatory manuscripts (Bibliothèque nationale de France, British Library and Archives of the Palais Princier de Monaco) and many sources presented for the first time in this collection volume ("historical" scores by Maurice Ravel, Piero Coppola, Arturo Toscanini, correspondences). 



1st scientific publication made in association

with French Musicologists and Conductors


  • 9,45 × 13,39 in volume of 212 pages. Sewn binding. 4 oz (120 grams) papers.
  • Illustrations: 22 photos (mostly unpublished). Facsimile reproductions of the 1928 manuscripts, unreleased details of the 1928 orchestral manuscript, letters of Maurice Ravel, historical scores (Maurice Ravel and Piero Coppola) and photos (Ida Rubinstein Ballet Company, Coppola’s recording session…).
  • 104 pages of scores.
  • General foreword of 25 pages on the history of the work and its reception by Manuel Cornejo.
  • Essay of Alain Pâris about the first recording of Bolero in comparison with the score.
  • Full discography of Bolero (1930 to 1939) by Jean Touzelet.
  • Critical Apparatus on 27 pages introducing all detailed sources and unpublished analysis on the 1928 orchestral manuscript located at The Morgan Library plus the orchestral sketches (Bibliothèque nationale de France). The Corrections and Notes (10 pages) list all editorial mistakes and problems from the first publications of the work.
  • Texts and Critical apparatus available in French/English.

BALLET VERSION 1928 (unpublished)         

François Dru & Quentin Hindley, editors           

Francois Dru and Quentin Hindley, editors. Unpublished introduction of the 1928 version as premiered by the Ida Rubinstein Ballets at The Paris Opera House. Edition based on the 1928 manuscript of The Morgan Library.       

CONCERT VERSION 1929

Quentin Hindley, editor

Corrected edition from the Ravel’s emendations and other corrections by famous conductors   first printings of the work.



Reading committee: Louis Langrée – Alain Pâris – Pascal Rophé



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