Sheet Music: Score
The luò shū : for soprano and bass saxophones / Andrián Pertout.
by Andrián Pertout (2009)
The Luò Shū was especially composed for Australian Saxophonists Lachlan Davidson and Tony Hicks as part of the Melbourne Composers' League 'Four Seasons' Concert Series and 'Spring: a concert of new chamber music from Australia and Malaysia.' The work serves as an exploration of the musical properties of the Luò Shū 3×3 magic square and investigates its potential for structural indeterminacy. The magic square is firstly presented within the metrical scheme in its original form (rows 1 to 3: 8+1+6, 3+5+7+4+9+2), to be then followed by an additional seven rotations and reflections (270% rotation, 180% rotation, 90% rotation, horizontal reflection, vertical reflection, right diagonal, left diagonal). In the 24-bar score, each player is presented with an 8-module structure and 9 staves of music with materials that (as a 3-stave set) may be interpreted horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. The compositional strategy allows for each 3-bar module to be repeated 5, 7 or 11 times, with freedom to overlap materials (from one 3-bar module to the next) up until the closing 3-bar module. The pitch material (assigned to the soprano saxophone) consists of a symmetrical all-interval 6-note series, followed by its transposed complementary retrograde, the inversion of this 12-note series, and transposed retrogrades of the previous two 12-note pitch sets. The remaining 48 pitches (assigned to the bass saxophone) are based on individual retrogrades of each of the four 12-note pitch sets. With regard to rhythm, all polyrhythmic ratios between 1 and 9 not greater than 1 have been systematically utilized within the rhythmic framework of the composition.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (12p. -- A3 (landscape))
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Duration: 13 mins, 45 sec.
First performance by Lachlan Davidson, Tony Hicks at Melbourne Composers’ League 'Four Seasons' Spring Concert (Fitzroy Town Hall) on 6 Dec 2009
Composer's no: 405.
Includes programme notes and performance notes.
The composer cites the following influences on this work:
Luò Shū 3×3 magic square structural indeterminacy
This edition produced Dec 13.
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