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Sonus dulcis : for string quartet

by Andrián Pertout (2000)

Also known as: Euphony

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Work Overview

Sonus Dulcis or 'Euphony' - the Latin expression characterizing a sound, noise, voice, or tone that is sweet, pleasant, delightful, charming, or dear - was conceived in August of 2000 originally as a work for string trio, serving as an exploration of the system of just intonation, or pure intervals (whereby "frequencies of the individual tones reflect the precise mathematical proportions that occur in the harmonic series"), and therefore attempting to avoid sequential intervals with non-superparticular vibration ratios. German physicist Herman Ludwig Helmholtz was its passionate advocate, and his research suggests that in actual performance string players have a natural tendency towards just intervals, and especially in the absence of fixed pitch keyboard instruments. The work's pitch material features the Japanese 'In' scale, which is generally associated with art, koto and shamisen music, and is essentially a hemitonic pentatonic scale incorporating two auxiliary tones: E flat and B flat. The scale structure includes the just diatonic semitone, or major half-tone (16/15, or 111.731 cents), just minor tone (10/9, or 182.404 cents), and just major tone (9/8, or 203.910 cents) intervals. In 2003, the work was especially arranged and revised for the Oare String Orchestra, to be then recognized as the Joint-Winner of the Judges' Prize and Winner of the Audience Prize of the 2003 Oare String Orchestra Third International 'Music for Strings' Composing Competition (Faversham, UK). In 2016, it was also the Winner of the Veridian Symphony Orchestra Fourth Annual Composers' Competition (Yuba City, California, USA).

Work Details

Year: 2000

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

First performance: by Tinalley String Quartet — 3 Nov 03. Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Melbourne

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Japanese ‘In’ scale, Just Intonation.

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Performances of this work

11 Sep 18: Escola de Musica de UFRJ, Brasília Sax ‘Série Tendências’ Concert Series, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

22 Jul 18: Methodist Ladies College, Kew, Melbourne, Australia

1 Mar 18: St Pauls Lutheran Church, Shepparton, Australia

24 Feb 18: Magda Community Artz, Brisbane, Australia

23 Sep 17: South Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Melbourne Lawyer’s Orchestra, Robert Dora.

29 Jul 17: Texas Historical Marker, New Hope Baptist Church, ‘Applause Music Festival,’ Mansfield, Texas, USA. Featuring Ascending Duo.

2 Dec 16: Instituto Cervantes, Berlin, Germany

28 May 16: Ministry Hall, Gozo, Malta.

30 Apr 16: ‘Now and Then: A String Orchestral Concert’, St Andrew Presbyterian Church, Yuba City, California, USA. Featuring Scott Seaton, Veridian Symphony Orchestra.

29 Apr 16: Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Performing Arts Centre, Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne. Featuring Peter Sheridan, Monash University Flute Ensemble.

29 Apr 2016: at Free Sounds: Flute Ensemble (Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music - Building 68, Music Auditorium).

3 Mar 16: The Barn at Rosny Farm, 2016 Tasmanian Composers Festival ‘Music from the Islands’ Concert, Rosny Park, Hobart. Featuring Luca Ferrini, Joe Kotar.

20 Dec 15: Heliodôme, Cosswiller, France. Featuring Federico Palacios, Célia Schmitt.

19 Jul 14: First Presbyterian Church, San Diego, California, USA. Featuring Crossroads Trio.

3 Jul 11: Barn Gallery, Monsalvat, Eltham, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Marianne Rothschild, Glenn Riddle.

2 Apr 2011: at Colours of the Sea (Cork School of Music). Featuring Ozmosis Ensemble.

1 Mar 11: Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music, Cork City, Ireland. Featuring Ozmosis Ensemble.

24 Sep 2009: at Southern Cross Philharmonia (Melba Hall). Featuring Gerald Gentry, Southern Cross Philharmonia Orchestra.

31 Jul 2009: at Australian Chamber Ensemble (Conservatorium Recital Hall (Hobart)). Featuring Australian Chamber Ensemble.

31 Jul 09: Conservatorium Recital Hall, University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, Hobart, Australia.. Featuring Australian Chamber Ensemble.

2 May 2009: at Sydney Soloists: Suburban Australia (Campbelltown Arts Centre). Featuring Christina Leonard, Sydney Soloists.

21 Apr 09: Gallery 701, Center for Contemporary Art, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Featuring Sonia Jacobsen, University of Southern California World Symphonic Jazz Orchestra.

15 Oct 08: Recital Hall, School of Music, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Featuring University of South Carolina World Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, Sonia Jacobsen.

4 Oct 08: Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music, Cork City, Ireland. Featuring Katrina Emtage, Nicole Panizza, Ilse de Ziah.

3 Oct 08: Recital Hall, School of Music, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Featuring University of South Carolina World Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, Sonia Jacobsen.

9 Mar 08: Music Cafe, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney. Featuring Grevillea Ensemble.

6 Jan 08: Anna Hall, Actus Nonaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan. Featuring Haruna Takabe, Natsuko Mineghishi, Naomi Sato.

9 Dec 07: Concertzaal Mengal, Royal Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium. Featuring Duo Dicto.

5 Dec 07: Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, UK. Featuring Duo Dicto.

16 Nov 07: Facultad de Humanidades y Educación de la Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela. Featuring Duo Dicto.

27 Apr 07: 'Harmonica Classica 25th anniversary' Concert, Bosendorfersaal, Vienna, Austria. Featuring Duo Dicto.

15 Oct 06: Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Domain, Sydney, Australia. Featuring Patrick Murphy, Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich, Marina Phillips.

31 Jul 06: Collins St Baptist Church, Melbourne. Featuring Eugene Ughetti, Natsuko Mineghishi, Naomi Sato.

16 Jun 06: Lochristi Music Festival, Lochristi, Belgium. Featuring Marco Antonio Mazzini, Koen Walraevens, Daniel Rojas.

15 May 06: Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring New Audience Ensemble.

27 Nov 05: ‘Cine City’, Vlissingen, The Netherlands. Featuring Koen Walraevens, Sabina Rakcheyeva, Marco Antonio Mazzini.

20 Nov 05: ‘Gradus ad Parnassum’ Concert Series, Concertzaal Mengal, Royal Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium. Featuring Koen Walraevens, Sabina Rakcheyeva, Marco Antonio Mazzini.

6 Nov 05: Centro Cultural de España, Tercer Festival Internacional de Música Clásica Contemporánea de Lima, Lima, Peru. Featuring Duo Dicto.

29 Jan 05: Alexander Centre, Faversham, UK. Featuring Oare String Orchestra.

4 Oct 04: Fine Arts Center, Michelsen Hall, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA

29 Sep 04: Morphy Hall, School of Music, Mosse Humanities Building, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, USA. Featuring Crossroads Trio.

26 Sep 04: University of Wisconsin-Extension, Wisconsin, USA. Featuring Crossroads Trio.

17 Sep 04: Meier Recital Hall, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota, USA. Featuring Orenunn Trio.

8 Jul 04: Recital Hall, Royal College of Music, London, UK

29 Apr 04: 2004 Rarescale/RCM Alto Flute Composition Competition, Belle Shenkman Studio, Royal College of Music, London, UK. Featuring Gabriella Swallow, David Black, Carla Rees.

10 Apr 04: Wadsworth Auditorium, State University of New York, School of Performing Arts, SCI (Society of Composers Inc.) ‘Region II Conference, Geneseo, New York, USA. Featuring George Macero, Vladimir Pritsker, Steven Heyman.

31 Jan 04: Oare String Orchestra Third International ‘Music for Strings’ Composing Competition, Alexander Centre, Faversham, Kent, UK. Featuring Peter Aviss, Oare String Orchestra.

14 Nov 03: Sala Polivalente Biblioteca Comunale ‘E. De Amicis’, Anzola Emilia, Bologna, Italy. Featuring Crossroads Trio.

13 Nov 03: Circolo ‘La Rovere’, Mantova, Italy. Featuring Crossroads Trio.

9 Nov 03: Teatro Gonzaga, Piazza Castello, Ostiano, Cremona, Italy.. Featuring Crossroads Trio.

3 Nov 03: Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Melbourne. Featuring Tinalley String Quartet.

17 Aug 03: Rippon Lea Estate, Elsternwick, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Rachel Atkinson, Isin Cakmakcioglu, Robert Chamberlain.

2 Jun 03: Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Centre Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Rachel Atkinson, Isin Cakmakcioglu, Robert Chamberlain.

9 Mar 03: Barwon Park, Winchelsea, Australia. Featuring Rachel Atkinson, Isin Cakmakcioglu, Robert Chamberlain.

6 Mar 03: Barry and Helen Novy Residence, Toorak, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Rachel Atkinson, Isin Cakmakcioglu, Robert Chamberlain.

13 Oct 02: Glenfern, East St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Rachel Atkinson, Isin Cakmakcioglu, Robert Chamberlain.

9 Jun 02: Gryphon Gallery, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Imelda Baligod, Alan Lee, Bonnie Smart.

9 May 02: Kumho Art Hall, 2002 Asian Contemporary Music Festival, Seoul, Korea. Featuring Sori Ensemble.

9 Oct 00: Melba Hall, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. Featuring Tim Archbold, Marcus Allport, Aaron Barnden.

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