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Turn table turn : for chamber orchestra

by Elena Kats-Chernin (1999)

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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: 1999

Instrumentation: Soprano saxophone, sopranino saxophone, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, 3 trumpets, trombone, tuba, guitar, piano, percussion, violin, double bass.

Duration: 21 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Australian Art Orchestra.

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