Charleston noir : for double bass quartet
by Elena Kats-Chernin (1996)
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This piece exists in a number of versions. Originally commissioned by Tall Poppies (Australian CD label) for 4 double basses, it became a piece for piano solo in 1996. A year later a somewhat shortened string quartet version followed.
At the core of it lies the charleston rhythm in the lower
register, in quite a dissonant manner-based on an interval of the
major seventh. Even though the overall tone of the piece is quite
edgy, dark and harsh, the piece also has some light moments. It
is a very free approach to a genre which, as a starting point,
inspired me. I have always had a fondness for charleston and
The originally requested piece for four double basses got written, starting similarly to the piano version, but developing in a different way. That version exists on Tall Poppies CD "Chamber of Horrors".
EKC, July 2008
Instrumentation: 4 double basses.
Duration: 8 min.
Written during the composer's time at Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, Paddington, Sydney.
Awards & Prizes
|1996||Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition||Winner||Elena Kats-Chernin|
Performances of this work
Unknown date: featuring Lisa Moore.
Sep 98: University of Sydney. Featuring Goldner String Quartet.
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