Duration: c.6’
Instrumentation: French ‘village’ band (fanfare).
(Commissioned for projected unveiling of statue of Rrose Sélavy in Rouen)


March 1, 1984

Gavin’s Notes:

Prelude à la Rrose (1982), also called Hymne à la Rrose (quoi ?)

This piece, first performed at sight by myself, Dave Smith and Andy Bilham in Reims, is a sketch for a piece designed to be used for the unveiling of a projected statue of Rrose Sélavy in Rouen. It was written at the request of the co-founders of the Académie de Muséologie Évocatoire and the instrumentation of the final version is that seen in a photograph of the “fanfare” of Blainville-Crevon c. 1894. The orchestrated version has a brief, and erratic, snare drum solo in the middle.

Gavin Bryars