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Work

Blue silence

by Elena Kats-Chernin (2006)

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Performance by Chris Latham, Veronique Serret, Anna Colville, Katherine Philp, William Barton from the CD Four Winds Festival 2006.

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- Cello with piano

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- Clarinet with piano

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Blue silence : Australian music for cello and piano / David Pereira, Timothy Young.

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Blue silence : arranged for clarinet in B flat, cello and piano / Elena Kats-Chernin.

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Blue silence : complete works for string quartet / Elena Kats-Chernin ; Acacia Quartet.

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Works for piano trio / Elena Kats-Chernin ; Streeton Trio.

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Elena Kats-Chernin plays Elena Kats-Chernin.

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Spellbound : a spellbinding collection of classical music.

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Various pieces, May 2007 / Elena Kats-Chernin.

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Four Winds Festival 2006.

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Works by Stephen Lalor, Lachlan Skipworth, Elena Kats-Chernin, Peter Sculthorpe.

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Work Overview

BLUE SILENCE was written for an exhibition in New South Wales, devoted to artists suffering schizophrenia, called "For Matthew and Others". It was commissioned by Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and had its premiere in September 2006. At the base of the piece (which incidentally starts similarly to the way my piece “Mythic” for orchestra 2004 ends) is a 4-chord progression, very simple and minimal.

A person with schizophrenia hears voices, which can be very disturbing, there is a yearning for silence. I wrote this work so that my son Alex who suffers from the illness can listen to calmness, meditation. It's called Blue Silence because blue is sometimes associated with healing. Original version was for Violoncello and Piano. There are also versions for a) Piano solo and b) for 4 Clarinets c) Flute and Piano d) clarinet and piano
e) clarinet/cello and piano (made for Rachel Scott in February 2009) f) harp and cello ( a slightly shorter version, for Alice Giles and David Pereira in Jan. 09)

In February 2009 I was compelled to do one more arrangement of it for Rachel Scott, for clarinet, cello and piano. In this arrangement there is a lot of interplay and echo between the single line instruments, i.e. they are not playing a lot together, rather one after the other.

Work Details

Year: 2006

Duration: 9 min.

Performances of this work

Unknown date: Four Winds Festival, Bermagui, NSW, 2006. Featuring Katherine Philp, Chris Latham, Veronique Serret, Anna Colville, William Barton.

19 Sep 2014: at Bellingen Music Festival 2014 (Bellingen Memorial Hall). Featuring Acacia Quartet.

8 Mar 2014: at Women In Music with Muses Piano Trio (Eudlo Hall). Featuring Louise King, Therese Milanovic.

4 Aug 2013: at KPO Community Concert (Ravenswood Centenary Centre Auditorium). Featuring Martin Smith, Ying Ho.

3 Oct 2012: at Musica Botanica (Oddie Room, Art Gallery of Ballarat). Featuring Bronwyn Blaiklock, Samantha Kelson Gray.

9 Sep 12.

8 Sep 2012: at Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music 2012 (Tyalgum Hall).

20 May 2012: at The Tulip (National Museum of Australia). Featuring Canberra Festival Camerata.

11 May 12: Various venues in Canberra, ACT

11 May 2012: at QSO String Quartet (Ian Hanger Recital Hall). Featuring QSO String Quartet.

23 Mar 2011: at Ensemble Liaison (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). Featuring Ensemble Liaison.

12 May 2010: at Clarity Clarinet Quartet: A revised history of the clarinet (Theatre Husk, Melbourne). Featuring Lisa Clarke, Andrew Seymour, Nicole Canham, Samantha Kelson Gray.

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