Sheet Music: Score
Gone with the waltz / Elena Kats-Chernin.
by Elena Kats-Chernin (1997)
This piece was commissioned by the Song Company with assistance
from the Music Fund of the Australia Council and was written in
April 1997. As the title suggests, it is a waltz-song, yet with
the obsession of a funeral march.
The conflict between the hard staccatos (chop-chop) and the schmaltzy legato melodies (in sugary German) provides the main musical tension for this tribute to the german genre of the "Moritat" , a macabre yet sweetly type of ballad. The sentimentality of certain popular German singers of the 20s and 30s as well as laconic and biting dryness of German cabaret represent simultaneously the morbid fascination with thtat which is frightening and abhorrent yet sweetly alluring to the public's taste of sensationalism.
The jargon-like words that constitute the text are by the composer except for the Woyzeck quotation "Ein schoener Mord, ein guter Mord"-"a nice murder, a good murder...".
Published by: Australian Music Centre (under licence from Boosey & Hawkes) — 1 score (19p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.
Duration: 5 mins
First performance by Song Company — 20 Jun 97. Performed in "M for Murder" at Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney
This is a handwritten edition — it is not typeset.
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- Program note: Gone with the Waltz
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