Luz meridional : twenty-four études for pianoforte
by Andrián Pertout (2012)
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'Luz meridional' or 'Southern Light' was commissioned by Julian Burnside AO QC and especially composed for Australian pianist Michael Kieran Harvey as part of a 2009 State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship, and while each individual movement pays homage to one of twenty-four early Australian composers, the work as a whole represents a Homenaje a Henry Cowell (1897-1965). The twenty-four solo piano études incorporate quotations from early Australian composers sourced from the State Library of Victoria's Australian Manuscripts collection, and represents a composition project dedicated to researching melodic material from the State Library of Victoria's Australian Manuscripts collection in order to then compose a set of twenty-four études for solo piano, utilizing and transforming this material in various ways: contrapuntal procedures, formal structures, pointillism, time point sets, tempo canons, combinatoriality, imitation, linear additive composition models, ornamentation, ostinato, quotations, rhyme schemes, serialism, inversions and palindromes, interval exploration, reharmonization, additive rhythms, bell ringing sequences, De Bruijn sequences, isorhythms, metric modulations, non-retrogradable rhythms, polyrhythms, True Random Number Generators, etc.
Duration: 64 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.
Contents note: No. 1, Niño durmiente -- No. 2, Encuentro -- No. 3, Diversión -- No. 4, Balada -- No. 5, Poema sinfónico -- No. 6, Danza de guerra -- No. 7, Caleidoscopio -- No. 8, Canción colonial -- No. 9, Nostalgia -- No. 10, El bosque -- No. 11, Melancolía -- No. 12, Retrospectivo -- No. 13, Meditación -- No. 14, Elegía -- No. 15, Síntesis -- No. 16, Bagatela -- No. 17, En la piscina -- No. 18, El anillo de nuevas campanas -- No. 19, Fantasma del mar -- No. 20, Gloria -- No. 21, Despedida -- No. 22 -- No. 23, Himno para la muerte de Jesús -- No. 24, Seis perfiles.
Winner of the 2012 Jean Bogan Prize (University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia)
Homenaje a Henry Cowell (1897-1965)
Awards & Prizes
|2015||Art Music Awards: Performance of the Year||Finalist||Michael Kieran Harvey|
|2012||Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition||Winner (Joint)||Andrián Pertout|
A Cauldron of Australian Musical Gems
This interview, with the composer, took place on the 11th March 2011 at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, as apart of their 2011 "Collection Reflections" series.
Andrian Pertout - Southern Light
A documentary film about Luz meridional, Twenty-four Études for Pianoforte, no. 411 (2009-2012) Including performances as part of ‘Michael Kieran Harvey presents Andrián Pertout’s Luz meridional, Twenty-four Études for Pianoforte, no. 411 (2009-2012)’ recorded live at the Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 5 August, 2017 ‘Luz meridional’ or ‘Southern Light’ was commissioned by Julian Burnside AO QC and especially composed for Michael Kieran Harvey.
Performances of this work
16 Nov 18: Elena Obraztsova Cultural Center, St Petersburg, Russia. Featuring Sayaka Takahashi.
14 Nov 18: Union of Russian Composers ‘The Music of the Three Continents’ Concert Series, The Sergei Prokofiev Museum, Moscow, Russia. Featuring Sayaka Takahashi.
5 Aug 2017: at Michael Kieran Harvey presents Andrián Pertout’s Luz meridional, Twenty-four Études for Pianoforte, no. 411 (2009-2012) (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.
1 Sep 2016: at Melbourne Composers League Western Prospects Concert (The Playhouse, WSU Penrith). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.
13 Sep 15: Arts House/Astra ‘Dance of the Bee’ Project, North Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.
12 Sep 15: Arts House/Astra ‘Dance of the Bee’ Project, North Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.
11 Sep 15: Arts House/Astra ‘Dance of the Bee’ Project, North Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.
29 Jun 15: Defining Eclecticism in the New Millennium, 7th World Piano Conference, Isidor Bajic Music School, Novi Sad, Serbia. Featuring Andrián Pertout.
26 Sep 13: UiTM Composium, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Featuring Ross Carey.
3 Sep 13: Newcastle Conservatorium, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.
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