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Colours of the sea : short version for solo piano

by Elena Kats-Chernin (2004)

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Performance by Katie Zhukov from the CD Ragtime, dreams & visions

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Colours of the sea : short version for solo piano / Elena Kats-Chernin.

Library shelf no. 786.2/KAT 11 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview


Written in 2004 for alto flute, cello and piano for Meininger Trio (Germany), the piece is a tribute to the sea, to its beauty, magic, fun, as well as unpredictability and dangers. Rather than trying to describe or depict the limitless shades of the colours of the sea, I was more inspired by the thoughts and associations about what is vibrating under the surface. The Meininger Trio premiered the piece at the Oberstdorf Chamber Music Festival in August 2004.

In August 2004 I wrote a version for piano solo (shortened by ca. 2 min., compared to the original), for myself to perform at the Barossa Festival in 2004.

Work Details

Year: 2004

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

First performance: by Elena Kats-Chernin — 4 Oct 04. Barossa Festival, South Australia

Performances of this work

2 Apr 2011: at Colours of the Sea (Cork School of Music). Featuring Ozmosis Ensemble.

30 Apr 2009: at Women composers then and now (Nickson Room). Featuring Katie Zhukov.

9 Mar 2009: at Women Composers Then and Now (Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring Katie Zhukov.

4 Oct 04: Barossa Festival, South Australia. Featuring Elena Kats-Chernin.

10 Aug 04: Oberstdorf Summer Music Festival in Upper Allgäu, Germany. Featuring Meininger Trio.

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