Sheet Music: Performance Parts
Hacia los vientos norteños : for symphony orchestra / Andrián Pertout.
by Andrián Pertout (2019)
'Hacia los vientos norteños' or 'Towards the Northern Winds' was especially commissioned by the Orquesta Sinfónica Universidad de La Serena for performance at the Musicahora: XVI Festival de Música Contemporánea (La Serena, IV Región de Coquimbo, Chile), and is dedicated to musician, conductor and humanist martyr Jorge Peña Hen (1928-1973). Jorge Peña Hen's legacy is marked not only as founder of a series of fundamental institutions for the development of music in La Serena and the north of Chile (notably the Bach Society, the Philharmonic Orchestra of La Serena, the Polyphonic Choir, and local chamber groups; not to mention the Experimental Music School of La Serena and Regional Music Conservator that collectively went on to transform the city into an important cultural centre), but also for his direct role in establishing the social movement of Youth Orchestras in the Americas (YOA), which today has 80 members from 20 countries. In 1964, Pen also founded the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Escuela de Música Jorge Peña Hen - the first Children's Symphony Orchestra of Chile and Latin America, which was "made up mostly of poor children from the poorest schools in La Serena." Hen prematurely departed this life on September 16, 1973 as a consequence of Chile's 'Caravan of Death' (the Chilean Army death squad associated with Chilean general, politician and dictator Augusto Pinochet and the Chilean coup of 1973). According to American author and theosophist James Davis, "The wind is a symbol of the spirit, the vital breath of the universe. It is powerful, invisible, but evident by its affects on more material elements." The work utilizes the symbolism of the "perceptible natural movement of the air" to frame Jorge Peña Hen's impassioned and unrelenting pursuit to establish and develop a cultural legacy in the north of Chile. It may be added that the 'north wind' also has an emblematic significance - in Greek and Egyptian mythology accorded with divine status: Boreas and Qebui (Greek and Egyptian gods of the north wind respectively).
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 set of 18 performance parts (134p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Duration: 10 mins, 24 sec.
First performance by David Handel, Orquesta Sinfónica Universidad de La Serena — 5 Sep 19. Centro Cultural Palace, Musicahora: XVI Festival de Música Contemporánea, Coquimbo, IV Región de Coquimbo, Chile
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Jorge Peña Hen (1928-1973) Block designs or combinatorial designs; Other Harmony: Beyond Tonal and Atonal (2014) by Tom Johnson; Tempo canons
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