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El primer viaje : for mixed ensemble, tape and computer

by Andrián Pertout (2000)

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From the CD Renascence

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Renascence / Andrián Pertout.

Library shelf no. CD 910 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

'El Primer Viaje' or 'The First Journey' utilizes a series of five recordings conducted on the Nave-Moto Verdi on Tuesday, 22nd of February, 1971. The geographical location is the Atlantic Ocean, and somewhere between the ports of Cristóbal (Panama) and Cartagena (Colombia). The point of departure for 'The First Journey' is Valparaíso (Chile), while the final destination is Genova (Italy). After purchasing a cassette recorder in the port of Cristóbal, Aleksander Pertout decides to test it out by recording conversations with various members of the Pertout family, not realizing that this will have a sentimental significance three decades on. Italy is the country that the Pertout family hopes to adopt, and being multilingual Aleksander speaks the romance language at every opportunity, although the principal language spoken throughout the recordings is Spanish, with inclusions of Portuguese, Russian and English.

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: Soprano, contralto, clarinet in B flat (doubling bass clarinet), contra-bassoon (doubling bassoon), trumpet in B flat (doubling flugelhorn), tenor trombone (doubling bass trombone), celesta, cello, contrabass, tape. Laptop computer required for displaying slides.

Duration: 14 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

First performance: by New Audience Ensemble, Kevin Purcell — 29 Oct 01. Melba Hall, University of Melbourne

The composer notes the following influences, subjects, genres etc associated with this work:
Nave-Moto Verdi Atlantic Ocean: somewhere between the ports of Cristóbal (Panama) and Cartagena (Colombia)

Winner of the 2002 Michelle Morrow Memorial Award for Composition.

This work is for performance with tape and optional slides displayed on computer.

Performances of this work

19 Jul 02: Edge Gallery, Telstra Centre, Melbourne, Australia

30 May 02: Yppenplatz, and ‘Buch im Beisl - Café Club International’, Literatur Schallmauer, Vienna, Austria

29 Oct 01: Melba Hall, University of Melbourne. Featuring New Audience Ensemble, Kevin Purcell.

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