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La homa kanto

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La homa kanto : for harmonically tuned synthesizer quartet / Andrián Pertout.

by Andrián Pertout (2005)

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  • Instrumentation: Harmonically tuned synthesizer quartet. Akai S3000XL Midi Stereo Digital Sampler, and four 61-key Midi Keyboards required.
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    Performance by Aron Kallay, Rafael Liebich, Vatche Mankerian, Dzovig Markarian from the CD La flor en la colina


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La Homa Kanto or The Human Song in Esperanto is a dedication to the late American composer Lou Harrison (1917-2003), and its pitch material has been derived directly from Harrison's five-tone scales, presented in Lou Harrison's Music Primer: Various Items About Music to 1970. Included are the first five in the series, with the first - the diatonic or major pentatonic scale - acknowledged by Harrison as the "prime pentatonic", and "practically the Human Song." According to Harrison, "These first five are the most widespread, the core, the principal modes of 'Human Music'. They also constitute the bone-work, the firmest compositional basis for seven-tone music." The work also features ten distinct tuning modulations: three-limit, five-limit, seven-limit, eleven-limit, thirteen-limit, seventeen-limit, nineteen-limit, twenty-three-limit, twenty-nine-limit, and thirty-one-limit just intonation systems, based on the third, fifth, seventh, eleventh, thirteenth, seventeenth, nineteenth, twenty-third, twenty-ninth, and thirty-first partials of the harmonic series - each system adding its own microtonal nuances to the recurring melodic material, which is further transformed via the introduction of alternative scalar material, as well as via harmonic development pertinent to each individual just intonation system.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (61p. -- A4 (landscape))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Duration: 11 mins, 50 sec.

Dedication note: Hommage à Lou Harrison (1917-2003).

First performance by Aron Kallay, Rafael Liebich, Vatche Mankerian, Dzovig Markarian — 8 May 11. Lyman Hall, MicroFest 2011 (The 2011 Festival of Microtonal Music), Pomona College, Claremont, CA, USA

Composer's no.: 393.

Includes extensive programme notes, and performance notes.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: M-67305-773-9

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