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El amor a la sabiduría : for solo violin, harpsichord and string orchestra / Andrián Pertout.
by Andrián Pertout (2018)
'El amor a la sabiduría' or 'The Love of Wisdom' was commissioned by Luis José Recart and the Orquesta Marga Marga (Valparaíso, Chile), and represents a Hommage à Nikolai Borisovich Obukhov (1892-1954). The title is a derivation of the Greek word filosofía, or philosophy ("the study of general and fundamental problems concerning matters such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language"), which may be literarily translated as the 'love of wisdom' (phílos [to love] and sophía [wisdom]), or "love of knowledge, pursuit of wisdom, systematic investigation." The work utilizes both the synonymity and affinity of philosophy and music to build a structural framework based on the proto-psychological theory of the "four fundamental personality types," or 'The Four Temperaments.' Alexander Whyte in The Four Temperaments (1895) states that "this theory suggests that there are four fundamental personality types, sanguine (enthusiastic, active and social), choleric (short-tempered, fast or irritable), melancholic (analytical, wise and quiet), and phlegmatic (relaxed and peaceful)," and that "most formulations include the possibility of mixtures of the types." He continues to explain that "The Greek physician Hippocrates (c. 460 - c. 370 BC) incorporated the four temperaments into his medical theories as part of the ancient medical concept of humorism, that four bodily fluids affect human personality traits and behaviors. Later discoveries in biochemistry have led modern medicine science to reject the theory of the four temperaments, although some personality type systems of varying scientific acceptance continue to use four or more categories of a similar nature." El amor a la sabiduría adopts the more positive interpretations of these personality traits, depicting melancholic, phlegmatic, sanguine and choleric as melancólico (melancholic), sereno (serene), optimista (optimistic) and ardiente (ardent) within four distinct sections that increase in tempo (and therefore rhythmic intensity) exponentially (crotchet = 52 × 7/6 equals crotchet = 61 × 9/7 equals crotchet = 78 × 4/3 equals crotchet = 104; or an increase that may be approximately summarized as additional 8.667-beats-per-minute-increments × 1, × 2 and ×3).
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (74p. -- A4 (landscape))
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Duration: 14 mins, 3 sec.
Includes extensive programme notes and performance notes.
Composer's no.: 449.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Nikolai Borisovich Obukhov (1892-1954), His works: Le temple est mesuré, l’Esprit est incarné for pianoforte (1952), Traité d'harmonie, tonale, atonale et totale (1947), Larry Sitsky, Music of the Repressed Russian Avant-Garde, 1900-1929 (1994) Alexander Whyte, The Four Temperaments (1895), Greek physician Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC), Magic Squares
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