Hypatia’s Circle (Selection) : Song Cycle for Voice, Piccolo/Concert Flute, Low Flutes and Pianoforte
by Andrián Pertout (2012)
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Hypatia’s Circle (Selection) : Song Cycle for Voice, Piccolo/Concert Flute, Low Flutes and Pianoforte / Andrián Pertout.
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'Hypatia's Circle' was commissioned by Tom Petsinis with funds provided by Arts Victoria for performance as a song cycle for the full-length play Hypatia's Circle. The work serves as an exploration of Jewish historian and general Flavius Josephus's historical órganon trígonon enarmónion scale, originally presented in his 93 C.E. publication of Jewish Antiquities, and subsequently transformed within the context of a contemporary adaptation of this ancient Egyptian harp tuning. Rhythm and meter on the other hand has been organized in accordance to the musical properties of the Euclidean algorithm, as presented by Godfried Toussaint in "The Euclidean Algorithm Generates Traditional Musical Rhythms" - a publication of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT), The Schulich School of Music, McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada. According to Toussaint, "The Euclidean algorithm (which comes down to us from Euclid's 'Elements') computes the greatest common divisor of two given integers. It is shown here that the structure of the Euclidean algorithm may be used to automatically generate, very efficiently, a large family of rhythms used as timelines (rhythmic ostinatos), in traditional world music. These rhythms, here dubbed Euclidean rhythms, have the property that their onset patterns are distributed as evenly as possible in a mathematically precise sense, and optimal manner."
Instrumentation: Voice, Piccolo/Concert Flute, Low Flutes and Pianoforte
Duration: 9 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Commission note: Commissioned by Tom Petsinis with funds provided by Arts Victoria for performance as a song cycle for the full-length play Hypatia’s Circle Arranged for Welsh/Australian Soprano Amelia Jones
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Hypatia of Alexandria (c. 370 – 415) Flavius Josephus’s historical órganon trígonon enarmónion scale Euclid (c. 325 BC – c. 265 BC) Euclidean Algorithm Godfried Toussaint’s The Euclidean Algorithm Generates Traditional Musical Rhythms Curt Sachs’s The Rise of Music in the Ancient World: East and West (1943)
Prizes/Awards: Winner of the 2013 Boston Metro Opera ‘Mainstage Award’ (Boston, MA, USA)
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