Piano concerto no. 3 : 'Lebewohl'
by Elena Kats-Chernin (2018)
Also known as: Lebewohl
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Library shelf no. Q 784.262186/KAT 4 [Available for loan]
In the year 1720 something happened that changed the life of JS Bach forever. On returning from a trip to Karlsbad, he discovered that his wife of 12 years, Maria Barbara, had not only died during his absence but had been buried as well; all unbeknownst to him and during his absence. He was now a sole parent to their four remaining children. Lebewohl explores the circumstances, ramifications and regrets that shake his soul and faith to the core, leading to the eventual pouring of his heart into what would become his unrecognised elegy for his first love: the Chaconne. With words adapted from Martin Luther, JS Bach and other writings of the day, Elena Kats-Chernin delivers her third piano concerto as a series of contemplations on one of her primary inspirations and honours the 'forgotten' wife of the Baroque master.
Instrumentation: Flute, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (1 player), harp, piano, strings (18.104.22.168.3).
Duration: 22 min.
Contents note: In 5 movements.
First performance: by Tamara Anna Cislowska, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Alondra de la Parra at QSO: Kats-Chernin premiere, & Beethoven, Prokofiev (QPAC Concert Hall) on 6 Sep 2018
Awards & Prizes
|2019||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral||Finalist||Elena Kats-Chernin|
Resonate article: 2019 Art Music Awards - what the judges said by Australian Music Centre
- In the form/style of: Concertos
Performances of this work
19 Jan 2021: at 12 Hands 6 Grands (Sydney Town Hall).
6 Sep 2018: at QSO: Kats-Chernin premiere, & Beethoven, Prokofiev (QPAC Concert Hall). Featuring Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Alondra de la Parra, Tamara Anna Cislowska.
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