Elena Kats-Chernin


(b. 1957)
Elena Kats-Chernin is one of Australia's leading composers. She trained in Moscow, Australia, and Germany and her distinctive idiom reflects her unique personal history. Kats-Chernin's music often combines chiseled rhythmic pulsation with a bittersweet melodic/harmonic language. Her diverse output includes operas, orchestral works, chamber and solo pieces, plus music for dance, film, and theatre. Champions of her music include Ensemble Modern, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Composition timpani & percussion requirements

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Timpani + 3 percussion
Wood block, orchestral bass drum, tom tom, drum kit, suspended cymbal, triangle, marimba


No Timpani + 1 percussion


Timpani + 3 percussion
Vibraphone, 2 octaves crotales, tuned cowbells, flexatone, triangle, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, 3 tom toms

Champagne in a Teapot

No Timpani + 1 percussion
Log drum, orchestral bass drum, 3 cowbells, snare drum, metal wind chimes, 2 octaves crotales, xylophone, 3 tom toms


No Timpani + 1 percussion
Vibraphone, high octave crotales, temple blocks, latin cowbell, guiro, 2 timpani, claves, 2 finger cymbals, castanets, bass bow


No Timpani + 2 percussion
I) xylophone, glockenspiel, orchestral bass drum, temple blocks, clash cymbals, Chinese tom, 2 octaves crotales, tubular bells, stones, Japanese wood block, 2) xylophone, glockenspiel, temple blocks, temple bell, 3 Chinese tom toms, anvil, 2 octaves crotales, tubular bells


No Timpani + 2 percussion
Snare drum, triangle 2 octaves crotales, tubular bells, military drum x 3, tuned cowbells, gong, tubular bells, hi hat, temple blocks, vibraphone

Deep Sea Dreaming

Timpani + 4 percussion
Marimba, sea shells, guiro, orchestral bass drum, temple blocks, drum kit, bell tree, metal wind chimes x 2, glockenspiel, tuned cowbells x 2 sets, suspended cymbal, brake drum, tam tam, claves, 2 octaves crotales, vibraphone, sizzle cymbal, wood block, triangle, xylophone

Displaced Dances

Timpani + 3 percussion
Xylophone, 2 octaves crotales, 3 tom toms, tubular bells, 2 Korean temple blocks, marimba, 2 log drums, tambourine, bell tree, guiro, maracas, finger cymbals, sea shells, triangle, guiro, glockenspiel claves, 3 cow bells, tambourine, corrugated iron bar, finger cymbals, ratchet, 3 brake drums, 3 temple blocks, castanets, suspended cymbal, tambourine, orchestral bass drum, metal wind cimes


Timpani + 2 percussion
1) tam tam, sizzle cymbal, marimba, large tam tam, 2) orchestral bass drum, thunder sheet, clash cymbal, temple blocks, almglocken, 3) clash cymbals, guiro, glockenspiel, suspended cymbal

Heaven Is Closed

No Timpani + 2 percussion
1) 3 low tom toms, 3 brake drums, snare drum, sizzle cymbal, Chinese cymbal, 2 log drums, glockenspiel, splash cymbal, medium suspended cymbal, guiro, shell wind chimes, 4 cowbells, 2) 3 high tom toms, corrugated iron bar, tuned cowbells, xylophone, vibraphone, triangle, 4 wood blocks, 2 octaves crotales, claves


No Timpani + 1 percussion
Wood block, clash cymbals, hi hat, xylophone, marimba, snare drum, vibraphone, 3 cowbells, 2 octaves crotales, orchestral bass drum, temple blocks, wind chimes, Chinese block, claves


Timpani + 4 percussion
2 octaves crotales, marimba; 2 tom toms, tam tams, 3 suspended cymbals, metal wind chimes; temple blocks


Timpani + 4 percussion
Marimba, tam tam; clash cymbals, tom tom; temple blocks, clash cymbals, metal wind chimes; glockenspiel, suspended cymbal

Matricide - The Musical

No Timpani + 1 percussion
Marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, tubular bells, wind metal chimes, log drum, snare drum, orchestral bass drum, pedal bass drum, drum kit, tom tom, gong, knives, temple blocks, wood block, sand paper blocks, clash cymbals, hi hat, sea shells, maracas, tambourine, bass bow, ratchet, guiro, stones, bell tree, claves, 2 octaves crotales, toy horns and bugle sounds, pots and pans, thundersheet

Piano Concerto No.2

No Timpani + 1 percussion
Tuned cowbells, vibraphone, drum kit, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, pedal bass drum, tom tom, 2 octaves crotales, sizzle cymbal, temple bocks, metal wind chimes, guiro, hi hat, tam tam, wood block


No Timpani + 1 percussion
5 temple block, marimba, 3 bongos, snare drum, tam tam, triangle, guiro, tubular bells, wood block, clash cymbals, 2 stones, finger cymbals


No Timpani + 3 percussion
5 temple blocks, tubular bells, snare drum, samd paper blocks, anvil, tubular bells, 2 octaves crotales, 2 stones, darabuka, tam tam, marimba, vibraphone, bell tree


No Timpani + 1 percussion
Tam tam, snare drum, vibraphone, pedal bass drum, metal wind chimes, tuned cowbells, 2 octaves crotales, claves, wood block, temple blocks


No Timpani + 1 percussion
Clash cymbals, xylophone, 3 temple blocks, snare drum, 3 cowbells, stones


No Timpani + 2 percussion
Xylophone, tubular bells, gong, snare drum, high rototom, 5 wood blocks, 3 tom toms, 2 x suspended cymbal


Timpani + 2 percussion
Marimba, vibraphone, 2 octaves crotales, xylophone, claves; clash cymbals, wood block, almglocken, tuned gongs, claves, tom tom, orchestral bass drum, bongos, hi hat

Turn Table Turn

No Timpani + 1 percussion
Pedal bass drum, hi hat, marimba, log drum, vibraphone, tuned cowbells, tambourinem pots and pans, clash cymbals, guiro, snare drum, ratchet, sea shells, glockenspiel, tom toms, temple blocks, wood block, small gong, 2 octaves crotales, metal wind chimes, stones, triangle, flexatone, bell tree

Vitalia's Steps

No Timpani + 1 percussion
2 octaves crotales, marimba, vibraphone, metal wind chimes, 2 suspended cymbals, 4 temple blocks, 5 cowbells, piccolo snare drum, tenor drum, claves, toy piano