Sex and Boléro

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Posted in category Music

This is an amazing performance of Ravel’s Boléro by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. I sat in the front row (center) for this performance.

Here’s a snippet from Wikipedia from one of my favorite books:

Philosopher Allan Bloom commented in his 1987 bestseller The Closing of the American Mind, “Young people know that rock has the beat of sexual intercourse. That is why Ravel’s “Bolero” is the one piece of classical music that is commonly known and liked by them.”[20]

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3 Responses to Sex and Boléro

  1. Treg says:

    October 31st, 2012 at 12:24 am

    That is not the Bloom I am most impressed with…. no.   The Bloom that I am both amazed by his deep insights and life’s achievements is the author of several “perspective changing books”.   They are “The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History”, the “Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century”, “The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates”, and “The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism”…… So move on over Allan,…. this…. is…. Howard K Bloom.  

  2. Tommy Udo says:

    October 31st, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks for posting this!

    It’s nice to see a wide range of ages among the musicians, from early twenties to sixties. Also good to see the conductor give the percussionist who played the snare special recognition. It takes a lot of skill and concentration to keep that simple rhythm going perfectly for fifteen minutes without a rest.

  3. Jesse says:

    November 1st, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Cellist failed me in Aural Skills at  EMU. I owe him a thank you. There’s so much value in failure…

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