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L'assaut sur la raison

Sheet Music: Score

L'assaut sur la raison : for symphony orchestra / Andrián Pertout.

Also known as: Symphonie de guerre

by Andrián Pertout (2003)

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  • Instrumentation: Piccolo, flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets in B flat, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (1 player), harp, strings (
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    Performance by Louisville Orchestra from the CD L'assaut sur la raison


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L'assaut sur la raison 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'. L'assaut sur la raison employs pitch material based on a two-octave scale constructed of dissimilar tetrachords, and is therefore a scale featuring a tonic not repeated at the first octave. Rhythmically on the other hand, the piece explores additive rhythms, via the adoption of a 5/8 meter augmented by the additions of 3, 4, 5, 6, and then 7 quavers in an expanding and contracting sequence. Literally: 5/8; 5/8, 3/8; 5/8, 7/8 (3/8 + 2/4); 5/8, 7/8, 5/8; 5/8, 7/8, 5/8, 3/4; 5/8, 7/8, 5/8, 3/4, 7/8; 5/8, 7/8, 5/8, 3/4; 5/8, 7/8, 5/8; 5/8, 7/8; 5/8, 3/8; and 5/8.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (68p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Duration: 5 mins, 6 sec.

Commission info: Composed as part of the 2003 Australian Composers’ Orchestral Forum

First performance by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Young — 18 Dec 03. TSO Studio, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania

Includes performance notes and extensive programme notes.

Composer's no. 386.

Written in response to the 2003 Iraq war.

Winner of the 2004 ISU Contemporary Music Festival/Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition (Indiana, USA) and the APRA Award for Orchestral Composition – 2004 3MBS FM National Composer Awards (Melbourne, Australia).

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ISMN: M-67300-020-9

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