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Purple prelude : for piano

by Elena Kats-Chernin (1996)

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

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Work Overview

Purple Prelude, written in 1996, had a curious beginning. I was on the plane from Adelaide to Sydney, sitting next to a friend pianist and we were discussing the project we had just finished, as well as general repertoire. Somehow the conversation turned to Rachmaninov at which point this distinctly Russian melody just entered my head and started growing. When I got home, it developed into a piece.

It is based on a very minimal motif based on 3 notes.

Title, with its allusion to "purple patches", suggests going off on a tangent. Later I made a version of it for an ensemble for CD "Clocks". And much later I wrote Piano Concerto 2 which started with a very similar material.

Work Details

Year: 1996

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.


Performances of this work

21 May 2021: at SCM Chamber Choir and New Music Ensemble (Verbrugghen Hall). Featuring SCM Modern Music Ensemble.

4 Sep 2009: at From Melbourne to Paris and Back (Studio Raspail).

4 Sep 09.

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