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Decades before Maurice Ravel came along, Chopin also found inspiration in the old Spanish dance known as the Bolero, defined as "A Spanish dance and song, in moderate tempo and triple metre, popular at the end of the 18th century and throughout the 19th, often performed with guitar and castenets." In fact, the Spanish Bolero was rythmically related to the polonaise of Chopin's native country, and even Beethoven wrote a Bolero a solo ... it's one of his minor "without Opus" works, WoO 158. Xiaofeng Wu of the Chopin Project plays it live...

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