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Blue rose : string quartet

by Elena Kats-Chernin (2004, this version: 2005)

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Performance by Sculthorpe String Quartet, William Barton from the CD Four Winds Festival 2006.

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Work Overview

Blue Rose (2003)

(a simpler and shorter version of "For Rosa")

Blue Rose is based on two folk melodies which have been freely developed. It uses uneven beats and bars which creates a rocking feeling that is somewhat reminiscent of Balkan music. The title refers to the way the piece starts, unfolding and blooming as it slowly becomes stronger, like the blue light of dawn. It is one of the few pieces of mine that is based in a major key (D major). Apart from the string quartet version, there is also a version for violin and piano.
Also a version for 3 violins exists, this version has never been performed.

Work Details

Year: 2004, this version: 2005

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello, optional didjeridu.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Written for the CD Ragtime and blue.

This is based on "For Rosa" and is a shorter, more laconic piece"

Performances of this work

15 May 2016: at ACACIA QUARTET present Blue Silence - string miniatures by Elena Kats-Chernin (Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room). Featuring Acacia Quartet.

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

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