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Cinq petites mélodies : for pianoforte / Andrián Pertout.
by Andrián Pertout (2008)
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.
Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720106 93 9] — 1 score (41p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Duration: 12 mins, 16 sec.
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.
First performance by Michael Kieran Harvey — 3 Oct 08. Conservatorium Recital Hall, University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, Hobart
Includes programme and performance notes.
Composer's no.: 400
ISMN: 979 0 720106 93 9
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