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GERVASONI, Arturo: PENTALOGIE 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    PENTALOGIE
  • Subtitle: 
    1.Predation 2.Memoire de Buenos Aires 3.L'angoisse du...4.Diffraction 5.Final de uego
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    11
  • Year of composition: 
    2014
  • First performance (year): 
    2015
  • First performance (venue): 
    RADIO FRANCE
  • First performance (performers): 
    Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Direction: Maxime Pascal.
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Pentalogie

    For Orchestra (2014) 11´ approx.
    Commissioned by Radio France for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
    Performed Sunday, April 19, 2015, by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Direction: Maxime Pascal.
    Title taken from the literature. It shows a group of five parts which can be displayed or edited together and have more or less closer ties.
    In this work there is a kind of double pentalogy musical and literary: five writers and to each of them corresponds one musical work:

    1 Prédation : the writer is chosen Oliverio Girondo (Argentine writer, 1840-1967). Predation is the synthesis which defined the poem 12 of his book "Scarecrow" and I matched the music. In the act of composition of the musical work as in the work of Oliverio Girondo there is a certain way of history "predation", namely: loans of tools, materials, ideas, techniques, all with a kind of aesthetic irreverence.

    2 Mémoire de Bs. As. : I chose the writer Jorge Luis Borges. At the time of writing this musical piece I was reading some poems of Borges describing his beloved Buenos Aires, and also I was in this city. So there has been a double poetic and material impregnation.
    The piece has a fast heartbeat marked with micro-shifts that I call "broad heartbeat" and towards the end a derivative material of "cumbia villera" (folklore of Buenos Aires), which is highly known, followed by a distortion process. At the end, instead of the tipical cadence of the cumbia, there is a clear break from it, that may be associated to a power failure or if one put the device (band) in "off".

    3 L’angoisse du… in reference to "the anguish of the goalkeeper to the Penalty" by Peter Hanke. Hanke's work seems very close to a musical construction that in this work the things that happen are rather in reference to a dynamic reading as a reference to the facts it describes. I wanted through the title, link it to the work. The title of the work in music is a field that is not in the field of music. This is literature or the world of words. Through this choice I wanted to show in this world of words something that I think is important to know.

    4 Diffraction in reference to Walter Benjamin and in relation to his work "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction". The reference is related to the reason for the writing of this work: a work written to be created on the radio as a record, analyzed by Benjamin over the art of the twentieth century. What you will hear in any case for the creation not work but its reproduction, in a kind of multifaceted distribution.

    5 Final del juego : related to the story by Julio Cortazar (Argentine writer). An analogy cycle end. Cortazar up this tale end of his namesake as cycle.
    There is a playful aspect in the creations of Cortazar, his way of the fun inside the fantasy genre, that I love. The playfulness is also a component of my work.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
82
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
5
C
C
Oboe
4
Oboe
Clarinet
4
B-flat
Saxophone
2
Bassoon
2
Bassoon
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
3
C
C
Trombone
2
Tenor
Bass
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
3
Chimes
Crotales
Glockenspiel
Vibraphone (F3)
Timpani
Xylophone
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Tamtam
Tom-Toms
Bongos
Wood Blocks
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
24
Viola
12
Cello
8
Double Bass
8
4-string
4-string

 

 

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