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Sonus dulcis

Sheet Music: Score

Sonus dulcis : for oboe, saxophone, violin, violoncello and pianoforte / Andrián Pertout.

Also known as: Euphony

by Andrián Pertout (2000)

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  • Instrumentation: Oboe, saxophone (soprano and alto), violin, cello, piano.
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Sonus Dulcis or 'Euphony' - the Latin expression characterizing a sound, noise, voice, or tone that is sweet, pleasant, delightful, charming, or dear - was conceived in August of 2000 originally as a work for string trio, serving as an exploration of the system of just intonation, or pure intervals (whereby "frequencies of the individual tones reflect the precise mathematical proportions that occur in the harmonic series"), and therefore attempting to avoid sequential intervals with non-superparticular vibration ratios. German physicist Herman Ludwig Helmholtz was its passionate advocate, and his research suggests that in actual performance string players have a natural tendency towards just intervals, and especially in the absence of fixed pitch keyboard instruments. The work's pitch material features the Japanese 'In' scale, which is generally associated with art, koto and shamisen music, and is essentially a hemitonic pentatonic scale incorporating two auxiliary tones: E flat and B flat. The scale structure includes the just diatonic semitone, or major half-tone (16/15, or 111.731 cents), just minor tone (10/9, or 182.404 cents), and just major tone (9/8, or 203.910 cents) intervals. In 2003, the work was especially arranged and revised for the Oare String Orchestra, to be then recognized as the Joint-Winner of the Judges' Prize and Winner of the Audience Prize of the 2003 Oare String Orchestra Third International 'Music for Strings' Composing Competition (Faversham, UK). In 2016, it was also the Winner of the Veridian Symphony Orchestra Fourth Annual Composers' Competition (Yuba City, California, USA).

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (28p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Duration: 5 mins, 49 sec.

Includes extensive programme notes and performance notes.

Composer's no: 375p

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Japanese ‘In’ scale, Just Intonation.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Feb 09.

ISMN: 979-0-720121-59-8


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