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L'assaut sur la raison : for symphony orchestra

by Andrián Pertout (2003)

Also known as: Symphonie de guerre

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Performance by Louisville Orchestra from the CD L'assaut sur la raison

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L'assaut sur la raison : for symphony orchestra / Andrián Pertout.

Library shelf no. 784.2/PER 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

L'assaut sur la raison is part of a two-movement work (essentially a Symphonie de guerre), which philosophically represents not only a personal statement in condemnation of the general act of war, but a collective reaction encompassing the artistic world at large. 'L'assaut sur la raison', the first movement although directly inspired by the 2003 Iraq war, also intended of having a connection with more general world events, and the illogical thought process behind war, hence 'The assault on reason'. L'assaut sur la raison employs pitch material based on a two-octave scale constructed of dissimilar tetrachords, and is therefore a scale featuring a tonic not repeated at the first octave. Rhythmically on the other hand, the piece explores additive rhythms, via the adoption of a 5/8 meter augmented by the additions of 3, 4, 5, 6, and then 7 quavers in an expanding and contracting sequence. Literally: 5/8; 5/8, 3/8; 5/8, 7/8 (3/8 + 2/4); 5/8, 7/8, 5/8; 5/8, 7/8, 5/8, 3/4; 5/8, 7/8, 5/8, 3/4, 7/8; 5/8, 7/8, 5/8, 3/4; 5/8, 7/8, 5/8; 5/8, 7/8; 5/8, 3/8; and 5/8.

Work Details

Year: 2003

Instrumentation: Piccolo, flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet in B flat, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, 4 horns, 3 trumpets in B flat, 2 tenor trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (1 player), harp, strings (

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Written for: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Commission note: Composed as part of the 2003 Australian Composers’ Orchestral Forum

First performance: by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Young — 18 Dec 03. TSO Studio, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania

Written in response to the 2003 Iraq war.

Winner of the 2004 ISU Contemporary Music Festival/Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition (Indiana, USA) and the APRA Award for Orchestral Composition – 2004 3MBS FM National Composer Awards (Melbourne, Australia).


Performances of this work

22 May 15: Palacio de Bellas Artes, XXXVII International Forum of New Music “Manuel Enríquez” (FIMNME), Ciudad de México, México. Featuring José Luis Castillo, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México.

8 Oct 2014: at 1st Asia-Europe New Music Festival 2014 (Hanoi Opera House). Featuring Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.

8 Oct 14: 1st Asia-Europe New Music Festival 2014, Hanoi Opera House, Hanoi, Vietnam. Featuring Honna Tetsuji, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra.

18 Jan 13: XIII Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea, Teatro Universidad de Chile, Providencia, Santiago, Chile. Featuring Francisco Rettig, Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile.

10 Jun 11: Llewellyn Hall, Australian National University, Canberra. Featuring Dominic Harvey, Canberra Youth Orchestra.

12 Nov 04: 38th Annual Contemporary Music Festival, Tirey Hall, Tilson Music Hall, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, USA.. Featuring Louisville Orchestra.

18 Dec 03: TSO Studio, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania. Featuring Kenneth Young, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

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