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Objetos de imitación : for pianoforte and mixed ensemble

by Andrián Pertout (2016)

Work Overview

'Objetos de imitación' or 'Objects of Imitation' was especially composed for the 2017 - 29th Music Biennale Zagreb (Zagreb, Croatia) as part of the '5-Minute Piano Concerto' project, and is dedicated to Australian pianist Michael Kieran Harvey. The work serves as an exploration of the musical implications of symmetry as an organizational determinant and adopts the novel harmonic concept of 'heights and sums' from American minimalist composer and music theorist (also former student of Morton Feldman) Tom Johnson, eloquently presented in his publication Other Harmony: Beyond Tonal and Atonal (2014), as well as Godfried T. Toussaint's rhythmic construct of 'interlocking reflection rhythms' presented in The Geometry of Music Rhythm: What Makes a 'Good' Rhythm Good? (2013), which has a direct association with the paradiddle rudimentary snare drum exercises that dominate the entire rhythmic structure of the work. The abovementioned musical ideas are intertwined into the philosophical framework of Aristotle's Poetics (c. 330 BCE), which attempts to define poetry (embracing epic poetry, tragedy, comedy, dithyrambic poetry, etc.) as a "medium of imitation" seeking to "represent or duplicate life through character, emotion, or action."

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: Oboe, clarinet in B flat, trumpet in C, tenor trombone, percussion, pianoforte, violin, cello, contrabass.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Dedication note: Dedicated to Michael Kieran Harvey

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Other Harmony: Beyond Tonal and Atonal
(2014) by Tom Johnson ; The Geometry of Music Rhythm: What Makes a ‘Good’ Rhythm Good? (2013) by Godfried T. Toussaint ; Symmetry Heights and Sums ; Interlocking Reflection Rhythms Paradiddle ; Aristotle’s Poetics (c. 330 BCE)

Composer's no: 440.

Performances of this work

18 Jun 2017: at Objetos de Imitacion (Stanley Burbury Theatre). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey, Simon Reade.

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