Pedro Alvarez - CANTO

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PEDRO ALVAREZ CANTO for amplified trumpet (2018)

Instrumentation: -Trumpet (in Bb or C), amplification via a condenser mic on a stand in front of the instrument. The text used is my own translation of a fragment from Una Canción de Vida Bajo Los Astros, by Cuban poet Regino Pedroso (in ‘Obra Poética’, Editorial Arte y Literatura, La Habana, 1975). Total duration: ca. 13” Premiere: 25 October 2018 by Tristram Williams (ELISION Ensemble) in Mexico City. www.pedroalvarez.info

Explanation of notation: Point the trumpet’s bell toward the mic, at close distance. Valve changes

Breath in/out (air sound) while sliding the embouchure off the lips. Continuous air flow goes in and out of the embouchure repeatedly and irregularly.

ON MIC

OFF MIC

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Breath in (air sound) Breath out (air sound). No tongue attack, only diaphragm. v.2018-11-16

Point the trumpet’s bell away from mic.

VVVVV

[i]

[e]

your great song of life under the stars

Colouring/articulation of air sound by text spoken into the mouthpiece along the indicated duration.

Flatterzunge on breathing out (rolling air sound).

Lip buzz, semi-focused, distorted sound emision. Keep dynamic similar to breathy noises.

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Colouring of the air noise: [ i ] = as in “eel” [ e ] = as in “end” [ a ] = as in “are” (Dashed arrow for transitions, solid line for maintained vowel.)


Pedro Alvarez CANTO

(2018) for amplified trumpet

= 66 ON MIC

3

3

3

OFF MIC

3

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1 16 [i]

(attacca...) sff

The amplification should project breathy sounds at a general perceived f ON MIC

OFF MIC

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1 16 [e]

ON MIC

3

3

3

[a]

sff

OFF MIC

3

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1 16 [a]

[i]

[e]

ON MIC

sff

[a]

(remain immobile)

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3

3

VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

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3

OFF MIC

1 16 sff

[e] –2–


ON MIC

3

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3

3

3

OFF MIC

3

VVVVV

1 16

VVVVV

[a] 3

sff

(simile...)

ON MIC

OFF MIC

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VVVVV

[a]

[i]

[e]

ON MIC

1 16

VVVVV

sff

[a]

3

3

3

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3

VVVVV

OFF MIC

3

VVVVV

1 16

VVVVVVVVVVV

sff

[a]

ON MIC

3

3

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1 16 sff

[i]

ON MIC

3

OFF MIC

3

3

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3

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1 16

VVVVV

[e]

3

OFF MIC

sff

[a]

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ON MIC

3

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ON MIC

3

3

OFF MIC

3

13 8

ON MIC

[e]

[a]

ON MIC

VVV

VVV

VVV

3

3

3

1 16

3

sff

1 16

15 8 [i]

3

VVVVV

3

[e]

OFF MIC

1 16

VVV

sff

ON MIC

OFF MIC

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1 16 Drink the inebriation of centuries

3

OFF MIC

[a]

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3

ON MIC

ON MIC

VVVVV

3

1 16

sff

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3

OFF MIC

[a]

sff

OFF MIC

VVVVV

VVV

in the endless ocean;

sff

[a]

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VVV

VVV

1 16 sff

10 8

1 16

12 8

VVVV

sff

[a]

[i]

OFF MIC

15 8

1 16

VVVVV

[a]

ON MIC

OFF MIC

sff


ON MIC

3

3

3

3

OFF MIC

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1 16 [a]

[i] defeat the squalid night

ON MIC

3

3

3

sff

with bright human laughter; OFF MIC

3

25 8

1 16

VVV

[i]

ON MIC

[e]

3

[e]

3

[a]

[e]

[a]

3

sff

3

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VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

[a]

seed your dance to infinitude

3

1 16

VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

[a]

in the bountiful earth,

3

OFF MIC

sff

ON MIC

OFF MIC

30 8

1 16

VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

[a]

with music of light…

ON MIC

3

3

3

3

sff

[a]

3

OFF MIC

3

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1 16 [i]

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[e]

sff

[a]

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ON MIC

OFF MIC

25 8

1 16

VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

[i]

[e]

VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

[a] and sing, sing, sing

sff

in the wide wings of wind

ON MIC

3

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3

1 16

VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

[i]

[e]

[i]

3

OFF MIC

[e]

[a]

sff

your great song of life under the stars ON MIC

OFF MIC

3

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1 16 [i]

ON MIC

3

[e]

3

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[i]

[a]

3

[a] sing for the people

13 8

[a]

sff

15 8

1 16

VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

[a]

sff

that will come without a voice… OFF MIC

3

[a]

OFF MIC

ON MIC

1 16

VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

the entire future is singing!

OFF MIC

ON MIC

1 16

VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

3

sff

OFF MIC

[a]

ON MIC

[e]

As long as poss. in one breath

10 8 sff

[a]

sff

ON MIC

OFF MIC

ON MIC [1.5”]

OFF MIC

As long as poss. in one breath

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ppp Perth, Sep-Oct 2018.

v.2018-11-16

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