Cinq petites mélodies : for pianoforte
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.
Duration: 13 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Contents note: 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.
Dedication note: In celebration of Elliot Carter's 100th birthday
First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey — 3 Oct 08. Conservatorium Recital Hall, University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, Hobart
Performances of this work
12 Jan 11: Sala Isidora Zegers, Facultad de Artes, Universidad de Chile, XI Festival Internacional de Música Contemporanea 2011, Santiago, Chile. Featuring Patricia Castro.
29 Oct 10: Friends & Enemies of New Music ‘22nd Season’ Concert, Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, New York, NY, USA. Featuring Eric Huebner.
17 Aug 10: ‘Composer’s Voice’ Concert Series, Uni-Rio, Sala Villa-Lobos, Urca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Featuring Danilo Jatobá.
19 Nov 08: St Michael's Uniting Church, Melbourne. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.
3 Oct 08: Conservatorium Recital Hall, University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, Hobart. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.
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