Pentes

Denis Smalley

Pentes has been performed in ’s-Hertogenbosch, Bangor, Basel, Berlin, Birmingham, Brussels, Canterbury, Chatham, Cologne, Edinburgh, Fabrezan, Glasgow, Karlsruhe, London, Manchester, Mons, Montpellier, Montréal, Morelia, Paris, São Paulo and Tallinn…

The title Pentes (both French and Latin, meaning slopes, inclines, ascents) was suggested by the outlines of the broad stretches of the piece, which evoke the spaciousness of landscape. Most of the music was created by transforming instrumental sounds, but there are also synthesized sounds. However, the only recognizable sound source is the Northumbrian Pipes, whose drone is responsible for the slowly evolving harmonies out of which its haunting traditional melody appears.

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Pentes was realized in 1974 in the studios of the Groupe de recherches musicales (Ina-GRM) and premiered on March 20, 1975 in Auditorium 104 of the Maison de Radio France (Paris, France). The piece was commissioned by the Groupe de recherches musicales (Ina-GRM).

Premiere

  • March 20, 1975, Concert, Auditorium 104 — Maison de la radio, Paris (France)

Details

stereo fixed medium

Calendar

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
July 26, 2009 Denis Smalley, Pentes (1974) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
October 23, 2011 Denis Smalley, Pentes (1974) Martian Gardens / WMUA (USA)
May 7, 2012 Denis Smalley, Pentes (1974) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
October 1, 2012 Denis Smalley, Pentes (1974) Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
March 16, 2013 Denis Smalley, Pentes (1974) Arte Eletroacústica / RTP Antena 2 (Portugal)
May 29, 2017 Denis Smalley, Pentes (1974) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
December 29, 2017 Denis Smalley, Pentes (1974) Late Junction — Jonty Harrison’s Mixtape / BBC Radio 3 (UK)

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