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Fragments of the soul : for Four Percussionists

by Andrián Pertout (1999)

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Performance by Synergy Percussion from the CD La flor en la colina

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La flor en la colina


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La flor en la colina / Andrian Pertout

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Work Overview

Philosophically, Fragments of the Soul attempts to depict the volatile state of the human soul, which at times, will steer the ship with much pride and glory, while at other times, will ultimately be lost at sea, displaying no instinctive sense for the co-ordinates of dry land. The ideological structure of the soul is accordingly weaved on the principle of three primary types of motives or impulses to action in the mind, being reason, appetite (or desire) and spirit (or will) - wisdom and bravery being a direct result of an individual's reason and appetite respectively. The deduction that Socrates (the great Greek philosopher [c. 469-399 BC]) proposes in the 'Republic' dialogues is that justice in the individual exists when these three elements or 'meros' are functioning harmoniously, and therefore fulfilling their pre-ordained biological specifications. The harmonious function of an individual is therefore defined by the desirable state of a disciplined individual keeping their spirit and appetite in tune by the faculty of reason - the gluttonous nature of the second force of appetite continually providing an impetus for friction. The rhythm of the bass drum, with its continuous crossing of the bar, attempts to displace the first down beat for the listener, creating a sense of friction that is characteristic of the true nature of the human soul, a fragmented soul.

Work Details

Year: 1999

Instrumentation: Percussion (4 players: marimba, xylophone, crash symbals, vibraphone, glockenspiel, triangle, snare drum, bass drum).

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

First performance: by Jonathan Drews , Paul Coles, Sharon Huber, Carmen Chan, Christina Chan — 27 Oct 99. Melba Hall, University of Melbourne

Performances of this work

23 Sep 11: Seoul Plaza, Seoul, Korea. Featuring Synergy Percussion.

23 Feb 03: Melbourne Composers’ League ‘Bath Music’ Concert, Richmond Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia.. Featuring Speak Percussion.

27 Oct 99: Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. Featuring Paul Coles, Carmen Chan, Christina Chan, Sharon Huber, Jonathan Drews .

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