Navigating the labyrinth : for string orchestra
by Andrián Pertout (2002)
Also known as: Navegando el laberinto
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Navigating the Labyrinth was composed as a special dedication to Australian composer Brenton Broadstock, and intended as one of the pieces to be performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Warwick Stengards) for a CD release celebrating the work of Melbourne composers - a compilation album featuring new or extant works for String Orchestra by Brenton Broadstock, Stuart Greenbaum, Johanna Selleck, Linda Kouvaras, Kevin Purcell, Peter Sullivan, Katy Abbott, and Andrián Pertout. To even begin to understand the significance of the labyrinth in this work, one must turn to the noble life of the modern composer and attempt to picture his or her eternal struggle between the ailments of passion and monetary responsibility. This is where the labyrinth begins its treacherous relationship with the composer, and also where the composer learns the art of turning the other cheek when struck hard by the sad truths of artistic life. The labyrinth nevertheless continues on with its resolve to sabotage the path, adopting a strategy founded on psychological intimidation, and in response to this threat a sixth sense emerges within the composer's psyche, with 'navigating the labyrinth' consequently assumed as part of a daily survival ritual.
Instrumentation: String orchestra.
Duration: 8 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Brenton Broadstock
First performance: by La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai — 12 Dec 03. Deuxième concours International de Composition Musicale (2nd International Musical Composition Contest), Tournai Art Centre, Belgium
The work involves octatonic scales.
In 2003, Navigating the labyrinth reached the finals of the Lys Music Orchestra Ensemble de cuivres category of the Deuxième concours International de Composition Musicale (Tournai, Belgium).
Revised in April 2010.
Performances of this work
27 May 18: Auditorium Andrea Celesti, 11th Contemporary Music Festival ‘Tra passato, presente e futuro,’ Desenzano del Garda, Brescia, Italia
28 Sep 16: Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) – The Brazilian Development Bank (National Bank for Economic and Social Development), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
19 Mar 15: Planetário de Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
27 Jul 14: Lona Cultural Municipal João Bosco, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2 Aug 13: Teatro Municipal de Ñuñoa, Ñuñoa, Santiago, Chile
1 Aug 13: Teatro Municipal de Nancagua, Nancagua, Chile
31 Jul 13: Colegio San Rafael, Lo Barnechea, Chile
12 Dec 03: Deuxième concours International de Composition Musicale (2nd International Musical Composition Contest), Tournai Art Centre, Belgium. Featuring La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai.
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