Here and Now : Concerto for low flutes, string orchestra, percussion and tape
by Andrián Pertout (2015)
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Here and Now was commissioned by Julian Burnside AO QC and especially composed for 'low flutes' specialist and director of Monash University Flute Ensemble Peter Sheridan (Melbourne, Australia). The work - a concerto featuring alto flute, bass flute, contrabass flute and subcontrabass flute, as well as an electroacoustic 'tape' element consisting of hyperbass flute melodic samples (not to mention a secondary biphonic soundscape framing a bass flute cadenza and featuring the juxtaposition of contrabass, subcontrabass and hyperbass flute low Cs) - represents a Hommage à Ernst Krenek (1900-1991) and serves as an exploration of Krenek's twelve-tone modality as presented in Lamentatio Jeremiae prophetae, Op. 43 (1942) within the utilization of two contrasting scales: Minor Bitonal Scale (C, Db, Eb, F#, G and A) and Major Bitonal Scale (C, Db, E, F#, G and Bb). The abovementioned scales are categorized by Masaya Yamaguchi in The Complete Thesaurus of Musical Scales (2006) as 6-30Sa and 6-30MSa (with the vectors 224223 and 224223 respectively) and form part of his '80 Six-Note Subsets in 35 Vectors'. A series of twelve 6-note chords (constructed from transformations derived from the two bitonal scales) provide all the melodic and harmonic materials of each movement - this series essentially acting as a 'chaconne' (variation on a repeated short harmonic progression) in the second movement.
Instrumentation: Low flutes (Alto flute, bass flute, contrabass flute, subcontrabass flute), percussion, strings (188.8.131.52.2), tape (CD Player or Computer).
Duration: 22 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Dedication note: Hommage à Ernst Krenek (1900-1991)
Written for: Peter Sheridan
Commission note: Commissioned by Julian Burnside.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Low Flutes ; Ernst Krenek (1900-1991) ; Twelve-Tone Modality ; Masaya Yamaguchi in The Complete Thesaurus of Musical Scales (2006)
Composer's no. 432.
- In the form/style of: Concertos
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