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Tres imágenes norteñas : for shakuhachi and harpsichord

by Andrián Pertout (2006)

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Pañc hazar chakra kai andar / Andrián Pertout.

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Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Instrumentation: Shakuhachi, harpsichord.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Written for: Peter Hagen, Anne Norman

Commission note: Composed for Anne Norman and Peter Hagen as part of the 2006 Australia-Japan Year of Exchange Celebrations.

First performance: by Anne Norman, Peter Hagen — 10 Dec 06. Melbourne Composers’ League ‘From a Silence Well’ Concert, Richmond Town Hall, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia

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

Book: Music of the spirit : Asian-Pacific musical identity / edited by Michael Atherton and Bruce Crossman.


Performances of this work

30 Nov 07: Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Concert Hall, Hong Kong

10 Dec 06: Melbourne Composers’ League ‘From a Silence Well’ Concert, Richmond Town Hall, Richmond, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Anne Norman, Peter Hagen.

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