O anel de Giges / The ring of Gyges (Cl)

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for Solo B flat Clarinet



17 min.


Solo B flat Clarinet


1. Poder invisível / Invisible power [9' 47"]
2. Reflexão ética / Ethical reflexion [3' 46"]
3. Diabólico / Diabolic [3' 27"]

Program Notes

Rudesindo Soutelo:
O anel de Giges / The ring of Gyges (2011) for Solo B flat Clarinet [17′]
ISWC: T-932.394.951-5
ISMN: 979-0-9007529-0-1

In the II Book of Plato’s Republic (359a – 360d), the myth of The ring of Gyges is mentioned. A shepherd finds a golden ring which, if he turned it inwards, made it invisible; if he turned it outwards, it became visible. With the magic of the ring, which made him invisible before the law, he seduced the sovereign’s wife, and with her help, killed it and seized power.
The ethics of the one who does evil only when no one is seeing it, is no more virtuous than that of the other who practices it by showing off. Knowing that they are invisible to the law, both the just and the unjust follow the same path, since wherever anyone thinks that, because of his invisibility, he can be unjust with security, there he is diabolically unjust.
The generating complex of the work is {1,4,2,5} {6} {9,7} plus {5,9} for the first movement, {5,8} for the second and {9} for the third.

No IIº livro da República de Platão (359a – 360d), refere-se o mito de O anel de Giges. Um pastor encontra um anel de ouro que, se voltasse o engaste para dentro, o tornava invisível; se o voltasse para fora, ficava visível. Com a magia do anel, que o fazia invisível perante a lei, seduziu a esposa do soberano, e com o seu auxílio, matou-o e assenhoreou-se do poder.
A ética daquele que faz o mal, só quando ninguém o está a ver, não é mais virtuosa que a daqueloutro que o pratica dando nas vistas. Sabendo-se invisíveis à lei, tanto o justo como o injusto seguem o mesmo caminho pois, onde quer que qualquer um pense que, pela sua invisibilidade, pode ser injusto com segurança, lá ele é diabolicamente injusto.
O complexo geratriz da obra é {1,4,2,5} {6} {9,7} mais {5,9} para o primeiro andamento, {5,8} para o segundo e {9} para o terceiro.

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