Maurice Ravel – Bolero (Starters for ten #80) 10/10 (8)

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Maurice Ravel – Bolero (1928)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Concluding the 8th and featuring my top ten classical pieces, here’s Boléro, a one-movement orchestral piece by the French composer Maurice Ravel (1875–1937). Originally composed as a ballet commissioned by Russian actress and dancer Ida Rubinstein, the piece, which premiered in 1928, is Ravel’s most famous musical composition.

The 2019 ‘Starters for Ten’ series features:
[1] Jan 1-10: Top Ten Blues Rock Stonkers
[2] Jan 10-20: Top Ten Led Zeppelin Tracks
[3] Jan 21-30: Top Ten Spinetinglers
[4] Jan 31-Feb 9: Top Ten Underworld Tracks
[5] Feb 10-19: Top Ten Acoustic Tracks
[6] Feb 20-Mar 1: Top Ten Queen Tracks
[7] Mar 2-11: Top Ten Live Tracks
[8] Mar 12-21: Top Ten Classical pieces
[9] Mar 22-31: Top Ten Soul tracks

…and more to follow

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Starters for ten #79) 9/10 (8)

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1787)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

For the penultimate of the 8th, running between 12th and 21st March and featuring my top ten classical pieces, here’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525, a 1787 composition for a chamber ensemble by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The German title means “a little serenade”, though it is often rendered more literally but less accurately as “a little night music”. The work is written for an ensemble of two violins, viola, and cello with optional double bass but is often performed by string orchestras.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the bumblebee (Starters for Ten #78) 8/10 (8)

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Flight of the bumblebee (1899-1900)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 8th, running between 12th and 21st March and featuring my top ten classical pieces, here’s Flight of the Bumblebee, an orchestral interlude written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov for his opera ‘The Tale of Tsar Saltan’, composed in 1899–1900.

Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake (Starters for ten #77) 7/10 (8)

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake (1875-76)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 8th, running between 12th and 21st March and featuring my top ten classical pieces, here’s Swan Lake (Russian: Лебединое озеро, pronounced: Lebedinoye ozero), Op. 20, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–76.

Georges Bizet – Carmen Overture (Starters for ten #76) 6/10 (8)

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Georges Bizet – Carmen Overture (1875)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 8th, running between 12th and 21st March and featuring my top ten classical pieces, here’s the Carmen Overture from George Bizet’s four-act Opera, first performed in 1875.

Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No.5 (Starters for ten #75) 5/10 (8)

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Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No.5 (1804-1808)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 8th, running between 12th and 21st March and featuring my top ten classical pieces, here’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor from Ludwig van Beethoven. Op. 67, was written between 1804 and 1808, is one of the best-known compositions in classical music, and one of the most frequently played symphonies.

Johann Strauss Sr – Radetsky March (Starters for ten #74) 4/10 (8)

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Johann Strauss Sr – Radetsky March (1848)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 8th, running between 12th and 21st March and featuring my top ten classical pieces, here’s Radetzky March, Op. 228, composed by Johann Strauss Sr. and dedicated to Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz. First performed on 31 August 1848 in Vienna, it soon became quite popular among regimented marching soldiers.

Hubert Parry – Jerusalem (Starters for ten #73) 3/10 (8)

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Hubert Parry – Jerusalem (1916)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 8th, running between 12th and 21st March and featuring my top ten classical pieces, here’s Jerusalem, the music for which was composed by Hubert Parry in 1916.

Taken from the poem by William Blake from the preface to his epic ‘Milton: a Poem in two books’, “And did those feet in ancient time” is one of a collection of writings known as the Prophetic Books. The poem was printed in 1808.

Edvard Greig – In the hall of the mountain king (Starters for ten #72) 2/10 (8)

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Edvard Grieg – In the hall of the mountain king (1875)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Continuing the 8th, running between 12th and 21st March and featuring my top ten classical pieces, here’s Edvard Greig’s In the hall of the mountain king, written in 1875 as part of the incidental composition ‘Peer Gynt’, Op. 23, music to Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play of the same name. It premiered along with the play on 24 February 1876 in Christiania (now Oslo).

J. S. Bach – Air on a G String (Starters for Ten #71) 1/10 (8)

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J S Bach – Air on the G String (1732)

Throughout 2019 Jem of Jemtunes is taking you through 36 top tens and one top five. Tunes for a whole gamut of reasons including genre, mood, time of year or simply time itself. Sometimes there’s be words but mostly it’ll simply be the music. Because music always speaks for itself.

Kickstarting the 8th, running between 12th and 21st March and featuring my top ten classical pieces, here’s J S Bach’s Air on a G String composed in the first half of the 18th century.