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Alexander rag (solo piano)

by Elena Kats-Chernin (1998)

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

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Book of rags for piano / Elena Kats-Chernin.

Library shelf no. 786.2/KAT 1 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

This piece was written in dedication to my partner Alexander, it was premiered in the recording by Lisa Moore for the CD "Purple Black & Blues" (Tall Poppies), in 1998.

In 2007 I arranged it for an ensemble "Present Music"*) in Milwaukee in USA for their concert in which they premiered another piece of mine, "Village Idiot". They said it would be nice to have an extra piece in the programme, to give my music more exposure in that event. Later I arranged it again for wind quintet and string quintet plus a piano.

The piece is light and a little nostalgic.

*) the instrumentation
for Present Music: is Fl/Ob/Cl in Bb/Hn/Tbn/perc/Pno/Vln1/Vln2/Vla/Vlc/DB
for Sydney Soloists: Fl/Ob/Cl/Bsn/Hrn/Pno/Vln1/Vln2/Vla/Vlc (in other words wind quintet plus piano plus string quartet)
for Sydney Symphony Discovery Series for performance in May/June 09 (not sure about the month) Fl/Ob/Cl/Bsn/Hrn/Tpt/Trmb/Pno/Perc/String Quintet

Work Details

Year: 1998

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Grade A.Mus.A. - L.Mus.A

Dedication note: Dedicated to the composer's son Alexander.

Performances of this work

22 Feb 2018: at Canberra Symphony Orchestra (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Dane Lam.

21 Feb 2018: at Canberra Symphony Orchestra (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Dane Lam, Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

6 May 2017: at CIMF 2017: Russian Roots and Rags (Fitters' Workshop). Featuring Elena Kats-Chernin.

28 Oct 2011: at Selenite City (Brisbane Powerhouse). Featuring Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Oliver She.

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