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Rag and a Tango for Orchestra, A

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Elena Kats-Chernin

Elena Kats-Chernin

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General Info

Year: 1996 / 2009 / 2010
Duration: c. 5:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc.
Cost: Unknown


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
B-flat Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Tenor Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion, including:

  • Brake Drums (2)
  • Cowbell
  • Hi-hat
  • Marimba
  • Timbales
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Blocks (2)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This set of two pieces for wind orchestra was commissioned by and dedicated to David Porcelijn for the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra for the concert in October 2010. The two works can be performed as a set in the given or reverse order and can also be performed as single pieces.

The first one, A RAG, is an arrangement of my "Russian Rag" (originally written for piano solo in 1996), it is reminiscent of Russian nostalgic music of the 20s and 30s, with its bitter- sweet harmonies and melodies. It is written in a rondo form and is in A minor.

The second one, A TANGO, starting in A minor and ending in D minor, is an arrangement of a recent piece of mine for orchestra "Re-Collecting ASTORoids" (2009), that piece was written in tribute to Astor Piazzolla. Even though it is a fast tango, it also has some ragtime influences. I am quoting my own "Peggy's Rag" (piano solo 1996) in one section.

It is a special privilege to be able to write this arrangement for David Porcelijn, who over many years has conducted several of my pieces very wonderfully and true to their nature, including "Heaven is Closed" specifically commissioned by him for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

- Program Notes by composer

Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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  • South Jutland Symphony Orchestra (David Porcelijn, conductor) - 14 October 2010 - *Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by this Composer