Blue silence : for string quartet
by Elena Kats-Chernin (2006)
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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 ÂMythicÂ 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.
Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.
Dedication note: A present for Chris Latham's 40th birthday
Performances of this work
9 Sep 12.
8 Sep 2012: at Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music 2012 (Tyalgum Hall).
11 May 12: Various venues in Canberra, ACT
12 May 2010: at Clarity Clarinet Quartet: A revised history of the clarinet (Theatre Husk, Melbourne). Featuring Andrew Seymour, Samantha Kelson Gray, Lisa Clarke, Nicole Canham.
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