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Una melodía para Ramón

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Una melodía para Ramón : for pianoforte / Andrián Pertout.

by Andrián Pertout (2020)

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Una melodía para Ramón or 'A Melody for Raymond' was especially composed for Australian pianist Raymond Shon as part of the '20 Variations on the Quadruply Riddled King's Theme by 20 Composers' project, and is dedicated to American physicists Stefan Hollos and J. Richard Hollos (Longmont, Colorado, USA). The work explores the musical implications of combinatoriality as an organizational determinant, as well as algorithmic composition, or 'automated composition' as a method for music composition, in reference to "the process of using some formal process to make music with minimal human intervention." 'Una melodía para Ramón' adopts an algorithmic approach to music composition in the form of 'probabilistic automata' and the combinatorial generation of 'unrestricted rhythms' - the methodology eloquently presented by American physicists Stefan Hollos and J. Richard Hollos in 'Creating Melodies'' (2018) and 'Creating Rhythms' (2014) within the context of a regular language, "defined in terms of an automaton which is simply a set of states and rules for moving between the states."

Among the historical thematic materials featured in Una melodía para Ramón is the 'Thema Regium' (Theme of the King) by King Frederick II (1712-1786), or Frederick the Great, especially selected by Raymond Shon for the project because of its association with 'coronavirus' (corona = crown) - in direct reference to the current Coronavirus Covid-19 global pandemic "affecting 213 countries and territories around the world and 2 international conveyances," which as of August 10 has accumulated 20,007,804 reported cases (including 12,886,491 recoveries) and 733,329 deaths. The 'Thema Regium' was utilized by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) in his work 'The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer or Das Musikalische Opfer)', BWV 1079 (1747), which he inscribed as 'Regis Iussu Cantio Et Reliqua Canonica Arte Resoluta' (the theme given by the king, with additions, resolved in the canonic style). Other materials, juxtaposed in the work with the 'Thema Regium' as part of the left-hand accompaniment include the subject from The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080 (1742-46, Rev. 1948-50); bass line from Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 (c. 1706-1713); Dieterich Buxtehude's (1637-1707) four-bar ostinato pattern from Passacaglia in D minor, BuxWV 161 (c. 1668-1707); as well as the Aria bass line (opening) from The 'Goldberg' Variations, BWV 988 (1741). The first four notes of the work additionally highlights the BACH motif (B", A, C, and B' - a musical cryptogram forming Johann Sebastian Bach's family name), which Bach notably utilized as a fugue subject in the 4-voice triple fugue Fuga a 3 Soggetti (Contrapunctus XIV) of The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080 (1742-46, Rev. 1948-50). Interesting to note is that in 300 Jahre Johann Sebastian Bach (300 years of Johann Sebastian Bach) German musicologist Ulrich Prinz lists "409 works by 330 composers from the 17th to the 20th century using the BACH motif."
The algorithmic melodic development of the complete collection of thematic materials relies on the establishment of second order approximations that take all note transition probabilities into account. For its rhythm, the work adopts the combinatorial strategy of 'Single-State Probabilistic Automatons,' or "unrestricted compositions of the integer n into m parts": in other words all possible compositions of n = 9 and m = 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or all 9 pulse rhythms with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 onsets.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (32p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Duration: 5 mins, 56 sec.

Dedication note: Dedicated to American physicists Stefan Hollos and J. Richard Hollos
Commission info: Composed for Australian pianist Raymond Shon as part of the ‘20 Variations on the Quadruply Riddled King’s Theme by 20 Composers’ project

Composer's No. 463.

Includes extensive programme and performance notes.

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:

Stefan Hollos and J. Richard Hollos, Combinatoriality Algorithmic Composition Single and Multi-State Probabilistic Automatons, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), ‘Thema Regium’ (Theme of the King) by King Frederick II (1712-1786), The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer or Das Musikalische Opfer), BWV 1079 (1747) The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080 (1742-46, Rev. 1948-50) Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 (c. 1706-1713) The ‘Goldberg’ Variations, BWV 988 (1741), Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707).

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720241-36-4

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