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Cinq petites mélodies : for pianoforte / Andrián Pertout.
by Andrián Pertout (2008)
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Cinq petites melodies or 'Five Little Melodies' was commissioned by Julian Burnside QC, and especially composed for Michael Kieran Harvey in celebration of Elliott Carter's 100th Birthday. The five-movement work serves as an exploration of the post-tonal harmonic possibilities within the twelve-note chromatic scale as presented by Elliott Carter in his monumental publication of The Harmony Book, and is structurally framed within the Mayan mythological scheme. Each movement corresponds with a particular compass or cardinal direction and colour, although not in relation to the Mayan empire or the earth as a whole, but to the geographical region of Latin America. The work incorporates two distinct rhythms from each of five distinct cultural and political subdivisions (Afro-Peruvian [Landó (3/4) and Festejo (6/8)], Argentinean [Zamba (6/8) and Chacarera (6/8)], Puerto Rican [Plena (2/2) and Bomba (2/2)], Afro-Brazilian [Toque de São Bento Grande (2/4) and Samba Partido Alto (2/2)], Afro-Cuban [Bembé (6/8) and Guaguancó (2/2)]). The pitch material has been directly derived from Elliott Carter's catalogue of 3-note, 4-note and 5-note chords, although pantonality, modality and atonality are adopted in combination as a harmonic language as opposed to one single characteristic approach.
Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720106 93 9] — 1 score (41p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Duration: 12 mins, 16 sec.
No. 1: Noir de l'ouest -- No. 2: Jaune du sud -- No. 3: Aqua du centre -- No. 4: Rouge de l'est -- No. 5: Blanc du nord.
First performance by Michael Kieran Harvey — 3 Oct 08. Conservatorium Recital Hall, University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, Hobart
Composer's no.: 400
Includes programme and performance notes.
ISMN: 979 0 720106 93 9
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