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Seek Duo-Art "Bolero" for Paris Concert
By Robbie Rhodes

A concert producer has asked Douglas Heffer to provide a Duo-Art
grand piano (or his D-A Vorsetzer!) for a forthcoming concert in Paris
that will feature music by Maurice Ravel.  Naturally the concert must
include Ravel's famous "Bolero".

He writes, "At the moment I am asked to participate in a spot with my
Duo-Art grand, this for a program about Ravel.  The producer would like
to have the 'Bolero' on the piano, amongst other rolls, and then some
played by Ravel himself."

Douglas has located some Duo-Art rolls played by Ravel (I believe they
are British issues) but the roll of "Bolero", Duo-Art 74728, hasn't yet
been found.  According to the Duo-Art rollography by Charles Davis Smith,
the piece was recorded by Rudolph Ganz and issued in October 1933.
Douglas inquired among the pianola fans in UK, and I telephoned a few
collectors in the States, but so far no luck.

Please contact me if you have the Duo-Art "Bolero" and would be willing
to lend it for transcription and precision duplication.  Thanks.

Robbie Rhodes

(Message sent Sun 1 Apr 2007, 02:45:39 GMT, from time zone GMT-0700.)

Key Words in Subject:  Bolero, Concert, Duo-Art, Paris, Seek

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