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Black swan of trespass : for contralto

by Andrián Pertout (2007, this version: 2000)

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Performance by Rebecca Long from the CD Symétrie intégrante

Symétrie intégrante


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Symétrie intégrante / Andrián Pertout.

Library shelf no. CD 1950 [Available for loan]

Black swan of trespass


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Black swan of trespass : for contralto / Andrián Pertout.

Library shelf no. 783.68542/PER 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The source of the Black Swan of Trespass text is the pages of none other than the infamous Ern Malley Affair of 1944, the hoax perpetrated by two Sydney poets, James McAuley and Harold Stewart with the intention of discrediting modernist literature and its advocators, namely 'Angry Penguins' magazine editor Max Harris. The fictitious character of Ern Malley, deceased motor mechanic and poet is created, and the ensuing work of Malley comprises of "lines and words selected randomly, everywhere from Shakespeare to an American report on the drainage of the breeding grounds of mosquitoes." A collection of poems is then assembled, sent to Max Harris (via Ern Malley's non-existent sister Ethel), and consequently published in 'Angry Penguins'. In keeping with the great tradition of honoured hoaxers James McAuley and Harold Stewart, Black Swan of Trespass presents a 'best of' collection of the twentieth-century vocal idiom, utilizing its standard contemporary repertoire of techniques such as pitch bending, humming, inhaling, exhaling, aspirating, whispering, sighing, speaking, tongue clicking, Sprechstimme, yodelling, hand muting, lip smacking, finger clicking, hand clapping and phonetics; as well as word painting and various devices of a visual nature.

Work Details

Year: 2007, this version: 2000

Instrumentation: Contralto.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

First performance: by Beatriz Elena Martínez — 27 Oct 05. Segunda Convocatoria de Composición de Matiz Rangel Editores, Bogotá, Colombia

This work was a finalist in the 2005 Matiz Rangel 2da Convocatoria de Composición.

Performances of this work

7 Apr 07: 16th Castlemaine State Festival, Harvey Mitchells Residence, Castlemaine, Victoria. Featuring Rebecca Long.

27 Oct 05: Segunda Convocatoria de Composición de Matiz Rangel Editores, Bogotá, Colombia. Featuring Beatriz Elena Martínez.

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