Un verso infantil para Juan : for piccolo, oboe, alto saxophone, violoncello, guitar and toy piano
by Andrián Pertout (2010)
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'Un verso infantil para Juan' or 'A Nursery Rhyme for John' was especially composed for Ensemble Décadanse (Lunel, France) as a Homenaje a John Cage (1912-1992) - in celebration of the 99th anniversary of his birth. The melodic elements of Humpty Dumpty - the English language nursery rhyme of nineteenth-century English origin; first published in London in 1810 by Harding and Wright in a version of Gammer Gurton's Garland, or, The Nursery Parnassus: A Collection of Pretty Songs and Verses for the Amusement of all Little Good Children who can neither Read nor Run - feature in the work, which are incorporated via a compositional process structured around probability theory utilizing first-order Markov chain techniques, as well as metrical ambiguity generated via the simultaneous incorporation of 6/4 compound duple and 3/2 simple triple time signatures. The stochastic methodology involves the separate generation of six unique variations of both the melodic and rhythmic shape of Humpty Dumpty, utilizing a first-order Markov chain two-stage process that establishes both a 'transition event order' and 'normalized probability distribution' for each of the 8 bars of the original composition in order to then apply an 'objective process' for the actual creation of melodic materials.
Instrumentation: Piccolo, oboe, alto saxophone, cello, guitar, toy piano.
Duration: 5 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.
Dedication note: Homenaje a John Cage (1912-1992) – in celebration of the 99th anniversary of his birth
Written for: Ensemble Décadanse
Commission note: Composed for Ensemble Décadanse (Lunel, France)
First performance: by Ensemble Décadanse, Frédéric Inigo, Tessa Thiéry, Cécile Gautheron, Christine Radais, Gilbert Delor, Tristan-Patrice Challulau — 29 Oct 11. Performance by Ensemble Décadanse as part of ‘Cage 99’, Les Instants Chavirés, Montreuil, Paris, France
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc are associated with this work:
John Cage (1912-1992) Humpty Dumpty Probability Theory and First-Order Markov Chains
Performances of this work
29 Oct 11: Performance by Ensemble Décadanse as part of ‘Cage 99’, Les Instants Chavirés, Montreuil, Paris, France. Featuring Ensemble Décadanse, Frédéric Inigo, Tessa Thiéry, Cécile Gautheron, Christine Radais, Gilbert Delor, Tristan-Patrice Challulau.
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