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Kats-Chernin, Elena: Heaven Is Closed (2000) 12'
for orchestra


2(I=picc).1.corA.1.bcl.2- tom-t/3brake dr/SD/sizzle cym/chinese cym/2log dr/glsp/ high cym/med cymbal/guiro/susp.cym/shell wind chimes/4cowbells; II=3high tom-t/corrugated iron/ cowbells/xyl/vib/tgl/4wdbl/crot/claves-harp-strings

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World Premiere

Adelaide Town Hall, Adelaide
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra / David Porcelijn

Composer's Notes

I started Heaven is Closed in Sydney on the New Year's Eve (2000), according to my superstition or ritual, if that is a better word to always start a new piece on that night,

even if it is only a couple of bars. I like the idea that everyone goes crazy partying while I do my own thing, so to speak. This is a left-over peculiarity from my days in Moscow when I lived in a student hostel, with other students from Gnesin College-I was 14 years old. I remember how the sounds were coming out of all the rooms (each had a piano in it) different instruments’ sounds or singing, and I had to get on with my home work for Harmony or Aural or Musicology, so I learned to disregard the noise around me. And with time I cultivated this into the ritual of working on the New Year's Eve.

It was started in Sydney and finished in Hanover while I was there rehearsing

and witnessing the premiere of "Sarglos" a chamber work of mine. I like working on pieces while "on the road", especially parallel to some other activity, like working on a theatre play while revising another piece, etc. It seems to free the mind for very different kinds of ideas and this piece ended up soaking up some of the whirlwind energy of that time.

Elena Kats-Chernin

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