Bénédiction d'un conquérant : for symphony orchestra
by Andrián Pertout (2004)
Also known as: Symphonie de guerre
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Bénédiction d'un conquérant is part of a two-movement work (essentially a Symphonie de guerre), which philosophically represents not only a personal statement in condemnation of the general act of war, but a collective reaction encompassing the artistic world at large.L'assaut sur la raison, the first movement although directly inspired by the 2003 Iraq war, also intended of having a connection with more general world events, and the illogical thought process behind war, hence 'The assault on reason', while Bénédiction d'un conquérant or 'Blessing of a Conqueror' on the other hand clearly intended for the portrayal of the final act of war - the blessing - and composed in direct response to the mounting global protest against the illegal occupation of Iraq. The artistic goal of the composition being to generate a musical impression depicting the surreal nature of the quest for moral ground by the 'coalition of the willing'. The dance-like gestures implicit of the contradictory nature of its dual role as liberator and conqueror, and its impersonation as 'messenger of righteousness with a blessing from God', which resounds as 'loyal advocate of one more corporate takeover for globalization'.
Instrumentation: Piccolo, flute, oboe, english horn, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings (18.104.22.168.3).
Duration: 11 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.
Dedication note: Dedicated to the Victoria Peace Network.
Written for: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Commission note: Composed for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2004 Australian Composers' Orchestral Forum (ACOF).
Influenced by the 2003 Iraq war.
Awards & Prizes
|2013||Art Music Awards: Performance of the Year||Finalist||Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra conducted by Frederic Chaslin|
- Has as subject/About: Anti-War
Performances of this work
18 Jan 13: Teatro Universidad de Chile, Providencia, Santiago, Chile
15 Oct 2012: at 30th Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference (The Henry Crown Hall). Featuring Frédéric Chaslin, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
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