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Early works were published by Experimental Music Catalogue. This stopped trading in 1981, but is now run by Christopher Hobbs and Virginia Anderson. For information on these works contact info@experimentalmusic.co.uk

All Gavin Bryars' music is now published by Schott Music, 48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB

Works not published by Schott or EMC are marked with an asterisk (*) and are unavailable for performance.

NB. All Gavin Bryars' manuscripts have been acquired by the British Library. These may be accessed through Dr. Nicolas Bell, Curator Music Collections, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB


There are a number of works, early attempts at composition and so on, some of which were performed. List in progress…

Three no. 2 "Visions" (Mss. In Notations Collection of John Cage)

Hoyu spoke no words (Mss. In Notations Collection of John Cage)

Three no. 7

16 Fragments for solo guitar

Duration c. 40’
Instrumentation: bass clarinet, electric guitar, viola, double bass
Music for Radio programme with John Berger and John Christie
First performance: Between the Ears series, Radio 3, January 19th 2002

Note : "I send you this Cadmium Red"

"I send you this Cadmium Red"

This is a radio piece, produced by the independent company Somethin' Else for BBC Radio 3. It uses the book reproducing the correspondence between John Berger and John Christie which began when John Christie sent John Berger a single colour (Cadmium Red) and the correspondence developed from there in an increasingly elaborate way. The radio piece does this as an extended conversation to which I have written accompaniments, almost like a third voice, focusing on themes within their conversation. John Berger and I had met several times through my work with Juan Muñoz and I met John Christie for the first time when he attended the recording session in London.

The music is scored for bass clarinet/ clarinet (Roger Heaton), electric guitar (James Woodrow), viola (Bill Hawkes) and bass (myself) and the programme was broadcast in January 2002.


*Shorter version (omits last aria, text by Jules Verne)
Instrumentation: soprano,
2 pianos, 4 percussion
First performance: Leicester, June 1984

Unspecified ensemble, dedicated to John White.
Duration: c.20 minutes
Published in EMC Verbal Anthology.
First performance: Bluecoat Hall, Liverpool.

Music for Dance performance, choreographer Edouard Lock
Instrumentation: 2 amplified harpsichords
First Performance: Theatre de la Ville, Paris April 29th 1995

Text: Etel Adnan
Duration 9'
Dedication: Jane Quinn and Martin Duignan
Instrumentation: Soprano voice, bass clarinet, electric guitar, 2 violas, cello, bass
First Performance: Sarah Leonard and Gavin Bryars Ensemble, BBC Recording May 20th 1995 (broadcast June 4th 1995)

Duration: c.20’
Instrumentation:  Piano and string orchestra.
Not yet performed.

Text: anonymous 13th century
Duration c. 4’ each
Dedication: Anna Maria Friman
First performance: (1) Anna Maria Friman, solo recital London March 2002

Recorder consort (2 trebles, 2 tenors, 2 basses)
First performance: Ensemble directed by Evelyn Nallen,
Society of Recorder Players, Cambridge December 13 2008

Environmental piece.
Published in EMC Visual Anthology
Never performed.