John Abram
John Abram
Composition Date: 2006
Duration: 00:10:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 2 x Flute
  • 2 x Oboe
  • 2 x Clarinet
  • 2 x Bassoon
  • 4 x Horn
  • 3 x Trumpet
  • 3 x Trombone
  • 1 x Tuba
  • 1 x Timpani
  • 2 x Percussion
  • 1 x Harp
  • 1 x Unspecified bowed strings
Instrumentation Set Number 2:
  • 1 x Full orchestra
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Programme Note:
Kitchenette was initially inspired by the remarkable still-life paintings of Juan Sanchez Cotán (ca.1560-1627) known as Bodegones.
One such—Quince, Cabbage, Melon and Cucumber was of particular interest for its formal qualities. However, I decided against making a piece as an hommage to or "translation" of a particular painting, so while the title Kitchenette is a direct reference to Cotán, the music is not connected to any one painting by this or any other artist.
The piece explores the experience of looking at visual art. Much visual art can be seen in its enirety in one instant, very different from music which takes place in time and must be heard right through before we may be able to come to an understanding of it.
I was interested in the way a still-life is examined in detail - the eye travels around the canvas, stopping here to examine that flower, there to inspect the brushwork. We start to see connections between one area of the painting and another and we gradually build up a personal interpretation of the piece. See how this reflection in the metal reminds us strongly of another painting from a different era.
Eventually we come to a new understanding of the work which supplements the initial impression.
Kitchenette was composed in 2006 for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, who commissioned it with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts. The same orchestra gave the world première at the 11th Windsor Canadian Music Festival on February 2nd 2007 under the baton of John Morris Russell.

Premiere Information:
02/02/2007 Eckhardt-Grammatté Hall, Windsor; Windsor Symphony Orchestra Conductor: John Morris Russell


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1100 A161ki
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, Full Orchestra (20 or more)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 15, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (21 p.) ;
    21 Pages
    Height: 43 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 79
    27 parts ([79] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Orchestra:
    2-2-2-2,4-3-3-1,timp,2 perc,hp,str
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