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The Forgotten Empress: a cinematic overture for Brass Band inspired by the life and works of

Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968)



Brass Band

Timpani + 3 percussion

Duration c. 4.00


Alice Guy-Blaché, a pioneering figure in the early days of cinema, holds a unique position in film history as one of the first female directors and producers. Born in 1873, her remarkable career spanned from the late 19th century into the early 20th century, a time when opportunities for women in the film industry were severely limited. In an era dominated by male voices and perspectives, she boldly challenged societal norms by entering the male-dominated world of filmmaking. Her mere presence and success shattered stereotypes and paved the way for future generations of female filmmakers.


Beyond her groundbreaking role as a female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché's work itself often reflected feminist themes and perspectives. She explored complex issues such as gender roles, female agency, and societal expectations in her films, demonstrating a keen awareness of the challenges faced by women in her time. Through her storytelling, she provided a platform for women's voices and experiences, challenging audiences to confront and reconsider prevailing attitudes towards gender.


Despite facing numerous obstacles and injustices throughout her career, Alice Guy-Blaché's perseverance and talent left an indelible mark on the history of cinema. Her legacy serves as a reminder of the importance of representation and diversity in the arts, and her pioneering spirit continues to inspire aspiring filmmakers, particularly women, to this day.


Dedicated to the Wingates Brass Band in their 150th anniversary year.

The Forgotten Empress

    • Front cover and programme notes
    • Full score
    • Band parts including duplicates
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