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Work

Turn table turn : for chamber orchestra

by Elena Kats-Chernin (1991)

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From the CD Selected works. Vol. 2

Selected works. Vol. 2

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Selected works. Vol. 2 / Elena Kats-Chernin.

Library shelf no. CD 662 [Available for loan]

[Works by Elena Kats-Chernin.]

Non-Commercial

This item is not commercially available from the Australian Music Centre. We regret that we cannot offer it for sale.

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[Works by Elena Kats-Chernin.]

Library shelf no. CD 1164 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

One day, or more appropriately, night, I was attempting to recover from yet another jet-lag related insomnia. The usual, most effective, method is to turn on TV and hope for it to have a sedating effect. After flipping through all kinds of infomercials on several channels I came across an old black and white film noir. Don't remember what it was about or what music was played. However, it had the kind of atmosphere in the visual and acoustic sense that I was looking for in my piece for the Australian Art Orchestra, so much so, that the next, very early, morning I had no trouble writing the first three minutes of it and, very soon after, the whole piece. As the title suggests, it has to do with some nostalgia associated with the magic of the old record player. There is another meaning of waiting for destiny to turn things around. For me this is an optimistic outlook, after experiencing turmoil, of major illness in the family for the last one and a half years.

The challenge for me was to write a piece, which would utilize the virtuosic abilities of the ensemble's extraordinary musicians who can play anything in front of them as well as improvise. My solution: quite simple music by extremely fast. One of the players suggested a new tempo: "ridiculoso." Thank you.

Work Details

Year: 1991

Duration: 22 min.

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Art Orchestra.

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