The Transilience of Monsieur Pelog

24/2/98 for invention ensemble

Composer’s note

…or the trans-silliness of Simon’s titles. In three parts, of which two are presently complete;

  1. Go on, break a hammer! (piano; may be performed seperately)
  2. Prayer

‘Pelog’ is one of two possible tunings used in Javanese gamelan music; it is an example of a transilient, or gapped, scale, from the Latin transilire, to leap across. ‘Monsieur’ is French for Mister.

Of course, the piece does not actually use the pelog scale, nor is it inspired in any way by gamelan music, nor is it at all French.


First performed by invention ensemble 17/3/98

Duration ~4’33