Fragments of the soul : for Four Percussionists
by Andrián Pertout (1999)
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Philosophically, 'Fragments of the Soul' attempts to depict the volatile state of the human soul, which at times, will steer the ship with much pride and glory, while at other times, will ultimately be lost at sea, displaying no instinctive sense for the co-ordinates of dry land. The ideological structure of the soul is accordingly weaved on the principle of three primary types of motives or impulses to action in the mind, being reason, appetite (or desire) and spirit (or will) - wisdom and bravery being a direct result of an individual's reason and appetite respectively. The deduction that Plato (the great Greek philosopher [born circa 428 B.C.E.]) proposes in the Socratic dialogue, the 'Republic' (c380 BC), is that justice in the individual exists when these three elements or 'meros' are functioning harmoniously, and therefore fulfilling their pre-ordained biological specifications. The harmonious function of an individual is therefore defined by the desirable state of a disciplined individual keeping their spirit and appetite in tune by the faculty of reason - the gluttonous nature of the second force of appetite continually providing an impetus for friction. The rhythm of the bass drum, with its continuous crossing of the bar, attempts to displace the first down beat for the listener, creating a sense of friction that is characteristic of the true nature of the human soul, a fragmented soul.
Instrumentation: Percussion (4 players: marimba, xylophone, crash symbals, vibraphone, glockenspiel, triangle, snare drum, bass drum).
Duration: 4 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Plato (born circa 428 B.C.E.), The Socratic dialogue, the ‘Republic’ (c380 BC), Fibonnaci sequence
Performances of this work
23 Sep 11: Seoul Plaza, Seoul, Korea. Featuring Synergy Percussion.
23 Feb 03: Melbourne Composers’ League ‘Bath Music’ Concert, Richmond Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia.. Featuring Speak Percussion.
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