Tres imágenes norteñas : for shakuhachi and harpsichord
by Andrián Pertout (2006)
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From the CD Pañc hazar chakra kai andar
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Tres Imágenes Norteñas or Three Northern Images was especially composed for Anne Norman (shakuhachi) and Peter Hagen (harpsichord) as part of the '2006 Australia-Japan Year of Exchange Celebrations' and the Melbourne Composers' League 'From a Silence Well' project. The work represents an attempt to explore some of the aesthetic principles of Japanese art music, incorporating a combination of gagaku (court orchestra music) and shomyo (Buddhist chant) concepts of "elastic or breath rhythm" and "stereotyped rhythmic patterns", the juxtaposition of polymodal and polytonal pitch materials based on the In, Hirajoshi and Kumoijoshi scales, as well as a contemporary interpretation of the tripartite jo-ha-kyo form common to not only the gagaku genre, but also to nagauta (kabuki theatre music) and nohgaku (noh drama music). The "three basic rhythmic structures" of gagaku ("units of eight, four, or two beats") have been utilized in the work, including nobe-byoshi (8/4), haya-byoshi (4/4), and a fast tada-byoshi section grouping two and three pulses, generally referred to as yatara-byoshi (in this particular case represented via 2/8+3/8). A musical construct hence modelled on the Japanese jo-ha-kyo form - or theoretical framework of gagaku - with its three slow, medium and fast tempos essentially delineating the "introduction, exposition and denouement" of jo-ha-kyo and schematically producing sequential motivic acceleration.
Instrumentation: Shakuhachi, harpsichord.
Duration: 10 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.
Commission note: Composed for Anne Norman and Peter Hagen as part of the 2006 Australia-Japan Year of Exchange Celebrations.
Inspired by Japanese art music, polytonality and polymodality.
Program note: Andrian Pertout's "Tres Imagenes Norternas"
© Andrián Pertout
Source: Provided by the Melbourne Composers' League
- Influenced by: Japanese culture
Performances of this work
30 Nov 07: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Concert Hall, Hong Kong
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