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Aristotle's rhetoric : suite for orchestra

by Andrián Pertout (2002)

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Aristotle's rhetoric


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Aristotle's rhetoric : suite for orchestra / Andrián Pertout.

Library shelf no. 784.2/PER 4 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Philosopher, educator, scientist and tutor to Alexander the Great, Aristotle was born in Stageira in 384 B.C., in what was then the kingdom of Macedonia. At the age of seventeen he initiated his studies at the Academy of Plato in Athens - culminating in a twenty-year association with the institution - to then ultimately establish his own Athenian school and research institute, the Lyceum. The general state of anti-Macedonian sentiment following the death of King Alexander in 323 B.C. then driving Aristotle into exile to Chalcis, Euboea, where he died a year later. His output as philosopher includes numerous influential writings, but namely Ethics, Politics, The Athenian Constitution, De Anima, The Art of Rhetoric, Poetics and The Metaphysics. 'Aristotle's Rhetoric' is a seven movement work for orchestra based on the writings of Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC). Each of the seven sets of opposite emotions outlined in book two of his rhetorical manual 'The Art of Rhetoric'- anger and calmness, friendship and enmity, fear and confidence, shame and shamelessness, kindness and unkindness, pity and indignation, envy and emulation - represented within an individual movement.

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (1st doubling piccolo), oboe, cor anglais, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in B flat, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (3 players), celesta, harp, strings (

Duration: 19 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Contents note: 1. Anger and calmness -- 2. Friendship and enmity -- 3. Fear and confidence -- 4. Shame and shamelessness -- 5. Kindness and unkindness -- 6. Pity and indignation -- 7. Envy and emulation.

First performance: by Orchestra Victoria, Johannes Fritzsch — 14 Jul 05. 3MBS FM National Composer Awards Hamer Hall, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne

Winner of the Betty Amsden Award – 2005 3MBS FM National Composer Awards (Melbourne, Australia).


Aristotle Rhetoric No. 7, Envy and Emulation, Suite for orchestra, by Andrian Pertout

Performance by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile at the XVII Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea 2017, 16-20 January, 2017 Friday, 20 January, 2017, Teatro Universidad de Chile, Providencia, Santiago, Chile Conducted by Vicente Larrañaga



Performances of this work

20 Jan 17: Teatro Universidad de Chile, XVII Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea, Santiago, Chile. Featuring Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, Vicente Larrañaga.

2 Dec 12: Preston Town Hall, Preston, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Preston Symphony Orchestra, Mario Dobernig.

14 Jul 05: 3MBS FM National Composer Awards Hamer Hall, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne. Featuring Orchestra Victoria, Johannes Fritzsch.

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