La flor en la colina : for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello and pianoforte
by Andrián Pertout (2004)
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Franjio Ksaver Kuhac (1834-1911), regarded as the founder of Croatian ethnomusicology, notated over 2,000 traditional songs, resulting in the publication of five volumes of South Slavic national songs in Zagreb between 1878 and 1881, and the dissemination of this repertoire to generations of musicians and scholars. The quotation of 'Cvit mi je u gori' within the work 'La flor en la colina' or 'The Flower on the Hill' pays tribute to this great scholar and the city of Zagreb, which has "enhanced our civilization through its contribution to music, culture and history", at the same time attempting to make a contemporary contribution to the preservation of traditional Croatian folk melodies. The melody was transcribed from a recording produced by Hrvatski Radio (Croatian National Radio) in 1983, which was adapted by Dinko Fio, and performed by the Ošjak klapa singers from Vela Luka (Island of Korcula). Stylistically, the melody belongs to the Dalmatian klapsko pjevanje or 'klapa singing' tradition, which may be described as multi-part harmonic songs from the central and southern Adriatic region of Croatia, usually in a major key, and performed by a male group of singers from four to eight strong.
Instrumentation: Flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano.
Duration: 13 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional
Dedication note: Composed for the Quinteto CEAMC (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days 2005 / 23rd Music Biennale Zagreb.
First performance: by Sonemus Ensemble, Ališer Sijaric — 18 Apr 05. International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) World Music Days 2005 / 23rd Music Biennale Zagreb, Muzej Mimara, Zagreb, Croatia.
Influenced by the Dalmatian klapsko pjevanje or ‘klapa singing’ tradition.
Winner of the Third Prize in the Second Sun River Student New Composition Competition (Chengdu, China).
Program note: Andrian Pertout's "La flor en la colina"
© Andrián Pertout
Resonate article: Melbourne Composers' League by John Griffiths and Elizabeth Ruthven
- Inspired by: World & Ethnic music
Performances of this work
31 May 07: Auditorio Blas Galindo, Centro Nacional de las Artes, México City, México
30 Apr 06: Dorot, New York, NY, USA
26 Apr 06: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn, NY, USA
1 Apr 06: Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia
27 Nov 05: Salón Fresno, Instituto de Música, Facultad de Artes, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
22 Jun 05: Recital Hall SCCM, Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Chengdu, People’s Republic of China
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