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Rishis and saints : for violoncello and prepared pianoforte

by Andrián Pertout (2007)

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Performance by Alister Barker, Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD Symétrie intégrante

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Rishis and saints / Andrián Pertout.

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Work Overview

Rishis and Saints for violoncello and prepared pianoforte was especially composed for Alister Barker (violoncello) and Michael Kieran-Harvey (pianoforte) as part of the Bayside City Council '2007 Resonance Music Series,' and is dedicated to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) and his gospel of non-violence. The work was directly inspired by the rhythmic devices of South Indian 'Carnatic' classical music (Karnataka Sangita) and the art of konnakkol, which according to Ludwig Pesch and T. R. Sundaresan in Eloquent Percussion: A Guide to South Indian Rhythm is the "artful combination of rhythmic syllables," or the "technique using spoken syllables (jati) to convey rhythmic patterns (sollukattu)." The pulse of the work is set around a slow tempo (vilambita kala) and structurally, three distinct time cycles, or talas are featured, which include the following three jati variants of the triputa tala: tisra jati triputa tala (3+2+2), caturasra jati triputa tala (4+2+2) and misra jati triputa tala (7+2+2). The pitch material on the other hand is based on the progressive modal expansion of the chromatic scale, which begins with the presentation of one single note, and consequently followed by systematic intervallic saturation.

Work Details

Year: 2007

Instrumentation: Cello, prepared piano.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Dedication note: Dedicated to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948).

Written for: Alister Barker, Michael Kieran Harvey

First performance: by Alister Barker, Michael Kieran Harvey — 10 Nov 07. 2007 Resonance Music Series, Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton, Melbourne


Performances of this work

12 Sep 17: Davis Theater, Chicago, IL, USA

27 Mar 09: Marina Resort Club House, Tongyeong, 27th Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference, 27 March – 2 April, 2009, Tongyeong and Seoul, Korea. Featuring Ensemble BE.

10 Nov 07: 2007 Resonance Music Series, Trinity Uniting Church, Brighton, Melbourne. Featuring Alister Barker, Michael Kieran Harvey.

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