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Echoes from the past : for flute

by Andrián Pertout (1999)

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Performance by Duo Tristaino Watty from the CD Rishis and saints

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Echoes from the past : for flute / Andrián Pertout.

Library shelf no. 788.32/PER 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Echoes from the Past is essentially free twelve-tone composition, and its pitch material derived from a matrix constructed from a 'prime' or 'original' row, it's retrograde, inversion, retrograde-inversion, and their twelve transpositions. This is further developed by 'multiplicative transformation', which is a method that multiplies the 12 pitch class numbers of the original row, 0 to 11, by seven, thereby transforming minor second (or interval class 1) into perfect fifths (or interval class 7) and vice versa, with multiples of 12 then finally subtracted, providing another 48 rows. 'Rotation' is also employed, which transforms the order of pitch classes in various ways, whereby cyclic permutation may be applied for example, to dyads of a set (creating a two-stage cycle), trichords of a set (creating a three-stage cycle), or tetrachords of a set (creating a four-stage cycle). The other method employed is called 'derivation', which produces new sets by the use of transformed segments of the original 12-tone set, resulting in a 'derived set'. Many extended flute techniques are also explored, such as multiphonics, quarter-tones, progressive vibrati, broken sounds, harmonics, lip oscillations, single sounds linked to sound amalgams, single sounds with the rhythmical superimposition of another sound, fingered acciaccatura-portamento, smorzato, timbral modulations, fingered lip portamento and key clicks. The piece is structured around an arch form, with the second half being literally a retrograded copy of the first half.

Work Details

Year: 1999

Instrumentation: Flute.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional. Explores extended flute techniques.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Johanna Selleck

First performance: by Johanna Selleck — 15 Oct 01. Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia

Performances of this work

7 Sep 2014: at Melbourne Composers Concert (Flockhart Hall, Methodist Ladies College (MLC, VIC)). Featuring Johanna Selleck.

13 Sep 2010: at Melba Hall Free Lunch Hour Concert Series (Melba Hall). Featuring Duo Tristaino Watty.

21 Feb 2010: at Melbourne Composers' League: Summer (The Great Hall, National Gallery of Victoria). Featuring Johanna Selleck.

31 May 05: Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, New York, NY, USA. Featuring Society for Chromatic Art, John McMurtery.

18 Nov 02: Festival Musica Danubiana, Murska Sobota, Klub PAC, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Featuring Matej Zupan.

16 Nov 02: Festival Musica Danubiana, Beljak / Spittal am Drau (Neue Bühne), Villach, Austria

21 Oct 02: Festival Musica Danubiana, Studio 14 Radia Slovenija, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Featuring Matej Zupan.

15 Oct 01: Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Johanna Selleck.

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