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Joy in a Minor Key : for clarinet in Bb and piano

by Elena Kats-Chernin (2018)

Work Overview

Initially, Catherine Hawkins commissioned 'Joy' in 2018 to mark the 50th birthday of her husband David Windsor and to celebrate his inspirational survival from a random attack in 2017. However, the purpose of the commission had broadened after I played the first draft of 'Joy' over the phone to Catherine. Unknowingly, I had written a piece evoking the memory of Catherine's mother, for whom music brought great joy. And so Catherine and David dedicated 'Joy' to the memory of Margaret Anne Hawkins (O'Brien) 13.1.1937-13.1.2017. "Mother. Music-lover. Much-missed."

While composing Joy in a Minor Key I attempted to achieve a fleeting, light, poetic, almost never "touching the ground" quality. The piece is written in my favourite form of rondo waltz with a coda.

— Elena Kats-Chernin

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Clarinet in Bb, piano.

Dedication note: in memory of Margaret, lover of music

Commission note: Commissioned by Catherine Hawkins to mark the 50th birthday of her husband David Windsor

First performance: by Magdalenna Krstevska, Elena Kats-Chernin — 7 Jul 18.

Performances of this work

7 Jul 18: featuring Magdalenna Krstevska, Elena Kats-Chernin.

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