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Bénédiction d'un conquérant : for symphony orchestra

by Andrián Pertout (2004)

Also known as: Symphonie de guerre

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Performance by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Young from the CD L'assaut sur la raison

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Bénédiction d'un conquérant : for symphony orchestra / Andrián Pertout.

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Work Overview

Bénédiction d'un conquérant is part of a two-movement work (essentially a Symphonie de guerre), which philosophically represents not only a personal statement in condemnation of the general act of war, but a collective reaction encompassing the artistic world at large.L'assaut sur la raison, the first movement although directly inspired by the 2003 Iraq war, also intended of having a connection with more general world events, and the illogical thought process behind war, hence 'The assault on reason', while Bénédiction d'un conquérant or 'Blessing of a Conqueror' on the other hand clearly intended for the portrayal of the final act of war - the blessing - and composed in direct response to the mounting global protest against the illegal occupation of Iraq. The artistic goal of the composition being to generate a musical impression depicting the surreal nature of the quest for moral ground by the 'coalition of the willing'. The dance-like gestures implicit of the contradictory nature of its dual role as liberator and conqueror, and its impersonation as 'messenger of righteousness with a blessing from God', which resounds as 'loyal advocate of one more corporate takeover for globalization'.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: Piccolo, flute, oboe, english horn, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 4 horns in F, 2 trumpets in B flat, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion, harp, strings (

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Dedication note: Dedicated to the Victoria Peace Network.

Written for: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Commission note: Composed for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2004 Australian Composers' Orchestral Forum (ACOF).

First performance: by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Young — 2 Dec 04. Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania

Influenced by the 2003 Iraq war.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2013 Art Music Awards: Performance of the Year Finalist Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra conducted by Frederic Chaslin


Performances of this work

27 Jun 15: Teatro Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile. Featuring Jan Schultsz, Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile.

22 May 15: Palacio de Bellas Artes, Ciudad de México, México. Featuring José Luis Castillo, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México.

18 Jan 13: Teatro Universidad de Chile, Providencia, Santiago, Chile. Featuring Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile, Francisco Rettig.

15 Oct 12: The Henry Crown Hall, Jerusalem Theatre, Jerusalem, Israel. Featuring Frédéric Chaslin, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

15 Oct 2012: at 30th Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference (The Henry Crown Hall). Featuring Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Frédéric Chaslin.

1 Sep 11: Festival Interamericano de las Artes, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Featuring Maximiano Valdés, Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico.

10 Jun 11: Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, Canberra. Featuring Canberra Youth Orchestra, Dominic Harvey.

27 Jul 06: Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Featuring Rodolfo Fischer, Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica.

2 Dec 04: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania. Featuring Kenneth Young, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

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