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Cinq petites mélodies : for pianoforte

by Andrián Pertout (2008)

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Cinq petites mélodies : for pianoforte / Andrián Pertout.

Library shelf no. 786.2/PER 2 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

Cinq petites melodies or 'Five Little Melodies' was commissioned by Julian Burnside QC, and especially composed for Michael Kieran Harvey in celebration of Elliott Carter's 100th Birthday. The five-movement work serves as an exploration of the post-tonal harmonic possibilities within the twelve-note chromatic scale as presented by Elliott Carter in his monumental publication of The Harmony Book, and is structurally framed within the Mayan mythological scheme. Each movement corresponds with a particular compass or cardinal direction and colour, although not in relation to the Mayan empire or the earth as a whole, but to the geographical region of Latin America. The work incorporates two distinct rhythms from each of five distinct cultural and political subdivisions (Afro-Peruvian [Landó (3/4) and Festejo (6/8)], Argentinean [Zamba (6/8) and Chacarera (6/8)], Puerto Rican [Plena (2/2) and Bomba (2/2)], Afro-Brazilian [Toque de São Bento Grande (2/4) and Samba Partido Alto (2/2)], Afro-Cuban [Bembé (6/8) and Guaguancó (2/2)]). The pitch material has been directly derived from Elliott Carter's catalogue of 3-note, 4-note and 5-note chords, although pantonality, modality and atonality are adopted in combination as a harmonic language as opposed to one single characteristic approach.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Contents note: No. 1: Noir de l'ouest -- No. 2: Jaune du sud -- No. 3: Aqua du centre -- No. 4: Rouge de l'est -- No. 5: Blanc du nord.

Dedication note: In celebration of Elliot Carter's 100th birthday

Commission note: Commissioned by Julian Burnside for performance by Michael Kieran Harvey.

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey — 3 Oct 08. Conservatorium Recital Hall, University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, Hobart


Performances of this work

13 Oct 2014: at Contemporary Piano Music 2014 (TLC Theatre, Baulkham Hills High School). Featuring Philip Eames.

24 Sep 2011: at Melbourne Composers League's At First Light (Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

12 Jan 11: Sala Isidora Zegers, Facultad de Artes, Universidad de Chile, XI Festival Internacional de Música Contemporanea 2011, Santiago, Chile. Featuring Patricia Castro.

29 Oct 10: Friends & Enemies of New Music ‘22nd Season’ Concert, Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, New York, NY, USA. Featuring Eric Huebner.

17 Aug 10: ‘Composer’s Voice’ Concert Series, Uni-Rio, Sala Villa-Lobos, Urca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Featuring Danilo Jatobá.

19 Nov 08: St Michael's Uniting Church, Melbourne. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

3 Oct 08: Conservatorium Recital Hall, University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, Hobart. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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