Prélude aux méandres

Serge Arcuri

Programme notes

Prélude aux méandres

To accentuate the artificial dimension of dreams, and contrary to the procedure whereby concrete sound objects are transformed into a musical process, this Prélude aux méandres (Meanders’ Prelude) is a reconstruction of a summer night soundscape in which the songs of crickets, grasshoppers, frogs and birds are all of a synthetic nature. These sounds take part in a contrapuntal game with elements that are foreign to the scene and which constitute the dramatic attraction. This prelude was written as the introduction to the stage version.


Prélude aux méandres was produced at Université de Montréal’s studio, mainly using Jupiter 8 and Fairlight II synthesizers. The work premiered at the on April 14, 1990 during ACREQ’s 6th Printemps électroacoustique de Montréal.


  • April 14, 1990, 6e Printemps électroacoustique, Montréal (Québec)
  • Instrumentation: stereo fixed medium
  • Composer(s): Serge Arcuri
  • Year of composition: 1985
  • ISWC: T0710443085
  • Publisher(s): Ymx média
  • ISRC: CAD509310540

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