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Variations in a serious black dress : for piano solo

by Elena Kats-Chernin (1995)

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Performance by Lisa Moore from the CD Purple, black & blues

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Purple, black & blues / Elena Kats-Chernin ; Lisa Moore: piano.

Library shelf no. CD 697 [Available for loan]

Variations in a serious black dress


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Variations in a serious black dress : for piano solo / Elena Kats-Chernin.

Library shelf no. 786.2175/KAT 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This piece is conceived as a set of variations on two contrasting themes-both stated successfively at the very beginning. Theme 1 is a melody employing a limited number of pitches. Theme 2 follows as a cycle of 13 chords with A minor as the harmonic centre. These chords incidentally also build the basis of "Chamber of Horrors" for harp solo. In the first two variations these elements are treated simultaneously, whereas starting form the third they get more and more detached from one another. The means of varying the material are derived from aspects of rhythm, register and texture, while the melodic/harmonic shape remains static almost throughout.
The piece exists in a recording by Stephanie McCallum on Portrait CD "Clocks" (ABC Classics).

Some years ago a Brisbane based group TOPOLOGY made a recording of them playing an arrangement of this piece made by Robert Davidson.

Work Details

Year: 1995

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 11 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Commission note: Commissioned by the R├╝mlingen Festival, Switzerland, August 2002.

First performance: by Elena Kats-Chernin — 1994. Sydney Town Hall, in a concert devoted to composers playing their own pieces.


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1994: Sydney Town Hall, at a concert of composers playing their own pieces. Featuring Elena Kats-Chernin.

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