This, according to the late Canadian artist Anne Adams. In 1994, Adams completed “Unravelling Boléro,” a bar-by-bar depiction of Ravel's slinky, Spain-tinged piece. Rich color spectrum: check. One long, slow crescendo: check. Those pinks and oranges (over what looks like New York at night) toward the end are the key change, of course.
Adams had progressive aphasia, which can cause a flowering of activity in a brain area that integrates different senses. The kicker: Ravel had it, too, according to one scientific study. Another symptom is a compulsion toward repetition — could Boléro be an example?
Read the fascinating story and hear Boléro September 25 at the Opening Gala or the Free Dress Rehearsal.