Rhapsodie en rêve

Robert Bauer
Robert Bauer
Composition Date: 1989
Revision Date: 1989
Duration: 00:09:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Other percussion
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
  • 1 x Double bass
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 3:
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:

Robert Bauer

Rhapsodie en Rêve, 1989

Commissioned by:

“This work has a triple dedication. It is dedicated to the memory of my maternal grand parents Andras and
Margit Bodolovsky, also to conductor Peter McCoppin for
his encouragement and to former CBC Radio producer Mark
Warren for his support in mounting the premiere performance.”

Rhapsody en Rêve was inspired by a childhood memory.
When I was growing up in southern Ontario our family regularly attended Hungarian community picnics. These picnics were especially exciting for we young folk, since we were allowed to stay up late. The picnics took place in a local park and at nightfall, we all followed a path through the dark woods to a clearing where artificial lighting illuminated a temporary dance floor. The gypsy orchestra played and costumed Hungarian dancers performed before we all took to the dance floor ourselves. I still wonder how much of this is actual memory and how much is dream.

“The scoring is similar to a gypsy band with strings, clarinet and a percussionist playing inside a piano to imitate the Hungarian cymbalom.”

Premiere Information:
Franciscan String Quartet, May 11, 1989


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1200 B344rh
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Chamber Orchestra (10 to 20)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 16, 1993
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (12 p.) ; 39 cm.
    12 Pages
    Height: 39 cm
    Parts page count: 18
    7 parts ([18] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For clarinet, 2 percussion and strings.
    Ms (photocopy) ; original of score and parts in CMC Toronto.

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