Alexander rag : large chamber ensemble
by Elena Kats-Chernin (1998, this version: 2007)
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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
Year: 1998, this version: 2007
Instrumentation: Version for Omega Ensemble: Flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, bassoon, horn in F, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass. Version for Sydney Soloists: Flute, oboe, clarinet in B flat, bassoon, horn in F, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello.
Two different versions, one arranged for Sydney Omega Ensemble, and the other for Sydney Soloists.
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