Au Fou, Au Fou!

After the premiere of Ravel’s Boléro, amidst the cheering crowd was a woman yelling “Au fou, au fou!” (“The madman, the madman!”). Ravel famously remarked that she was the only person who understood the piece. Like Boléro, this work inexorably builds on a single theme, inspired by Ravel’s use of repetition as a metaphor for madness.


  • For brass band
  • Category: Large Ensemble
  • Year Composed: 2023
  • Duration: 3'
  • Tags: Western Music History
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  • 16 APR 2023
  • Au Fou, Au Fou!
  • Indiana University
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Jacobs School of Music Brass Band; Demondrae Thurman, conductor