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Bénédiction d'un conquérant : for symphony orchestra / Andrián Pertout.
Also known as: Symphonie de guerre
by Andrián Pertout (2004)
Bénédiction d'un conquérant is part of a two-movement work (essentially a Symphonie de guerre), which philosophically represents not only a personal statement in condemnation of the general act of war, but a collective reaction encompassing the artistic world at large.L'assaut sur la raison, the first movement although directly inspired by the 2003 Iraq war, also intended of having a connection with more general world events, and the illogical thought process behind war, hence 'The assault on reason', while Bénédiction d'un conquérant or 'Blessing of a Conqueror' on the other hand clearly intended for the portrayal of the final act of war - the blessing - and composed in direct response to the mounting global protest against the illegal occupation of Iraq. The artistic goal of the composition being to generate a musical impression depicting the surreal nature of the quest for moral ground by the 'coalition of the willing'. The dance-like gestures implicit of the contradictory nature of its dual role as liberator and conqueror, and its impersonation as 'messenger of righteousness with a blessing from God', which resounds as 'loyal advocate of one more corporate takeover for globalization'.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (68p. -- B4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.
Duration: 10 mins, 10 sec.
Includes programme note, performance directions and information about the Victoria Peace Network.
Composer's no.: 390.
Influenced by the 2003 Iraq war.
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