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The Schubert blues (solo 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

The Schubert Blues (piano solo)

Some time ago Roger Woodward asked me to write a piano solo work for the Spring Festival. This request resulted in "The Schubert Blues". It is based on Schubert's "The Death and the Maiden"'s main motive which eventually leads to a round of eight chords, something of a "memory cycle", as these harmonies have a flavour of a music long past. My main interest lay in the radicality of the motiv's transformation-harmony, pitch and register rather than rhythm and the degree of the repetitiveness of the chord cycles.

Work Details

Year: 1996

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional

Commission note: Commissioned by Roger Woodward.

First performance: by Tamara Cizlowska — 1997.

Performances of this work

8 Sep 2023: at Schubert Overwritten (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room). Featuring Rob Hao.

1 Sep 2023: at Schubert Overwritten (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Rob Hao.

2 Aug 2020: at Tamara-Anna Cislowska & Elena Kats-Chernin (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Tamara Anna Cislowska, Elena Kats-Chernin.

1997: featuring Tamara Cizlowska.

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