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Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock

This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


Repertoire Note

Russian Rag is one of Elena Kats-Chernin’s most famous pieces. It was arranged by her for various instrumentations and was used, among other things, as film music in the clay animation film Mary & Max. The composer herself says: “Ragtimes are such fun to write and they have a somewhat dark melancholy. Russian music often has a melancholic quality, and I was brought up on Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. I rarely write in major keys it seems and Russian Rag is no exception, however it concludes optimistically on a major chord.”

Recommended Recording

Sydney Alpha Ensemble / David Stanhope
ABC Classics 456 468-2

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