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Eliza aria : excerpt from Wild Swans Concert Suite, for soprano and piano

by Elena Kats-Chernin (2002, this version: 2007)

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Performance by Christine Draeger, Jocelyn Fazzone from the CD Eat chocolate and cry

This sample is of the Flute with piano version of this work

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Eat chocolate and cry : Australian flute music 1999-2009 / [performed by] Christine Draeger, Lamorna Nightingale, Jocelyn Edey Fazzone.

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Library shelf no. CD 2042 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Eliza Aria

I wrote the piece firstly as part of the ballet "Wild Swans" choreographed by Meryl Tankard for Australian Ballet. Originally it was for soprano and orchestra and had its premiere in 2003. The piece introduces princess Eliza and expresses her pure soul, innocence and faith in the good of the world. The piece is light in texture and uses very simple harmonies (it starts with just 3 chords A minor-C major-F major).

Since then I transcribed it for piano solo, as well as for string quartet, clarinet quartet, violin and piano, clarinet and piano, flute and piano, etc... Due to the use of the original version in a TV advertisement in UK, it became well known there and has since been remixed by Mark Brown as well as other DJ's, as well as made into a pop song (called "The Journey Continues" sung by Sarah Cracknell).


Work Details

Year: 2002, this version: 2007

Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.

From the ballet score Wild swans, written for the Australian Ballet

For wordless soprano and piano.

Performances of this work

15 May 2016: at ACACIA QUARTET present Blue Silence - string miniatures by Elena Kats-Chernin (Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room). Featuring Acacia Quartet.

3 Apr 2016: at Lyrebird Music Society: Inventi Ensemble (Wyselaskie Auditorium). Featuring Paul Zabrowarny, Melissa Doecke.

25 Oct 2014: at Elena Kats-Chernin & Tamara-Anna Cislowska (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre).

10 May 2014: at The Vessel (Fitters Workshop).

12 Apr 2013: at Melissa Doecke: Flute Recital (Robina Community Centre). Featuring Melissa Doecke, Maggie Chen.

23 Feb 2013: at Kaleidoscope. Music for the Young and Young at Heart (Link Gallery, Newcastle Museum). Featuring Michael Power, Sally Walker.

30 Oct 11.

16 Sep 2011: at Bach in the Dark – Concert III (St James Church Crypt). Featuring Rachel Scott, Rachel Tolmie.

31 Jul 11.

29 May 2011: at Top of the pops (Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room).

6 Mar 2011: at Elena Kats-Chernin (Verbrugghen Hall).

12 May 2010: at Clarity Clarinet Quartet: A revised history of the clarinet (Theatre Husk, Melbourne). Featuring Nicole Canham, Andrew Seymour, Samantha Kelson Gray, Lisa Clarke.

26 Mar 2010: at Bach in the Dark (St James Church Crypt). Featuring Sally Walker, Rachel Scott.

2 Jan 10: Peninsula Community Theatre, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Featuring Ironwood Chamber Ensemble.

31 May 2009: at Bundanon Trust presents (Boyd Education Centre). Featuring Ironwood Chamber Ensemble.

26 May 2009: at Ironwood: Morning Star Quartets (The Independent Theatre). Featuring Ironwood Chamber Ensemble.

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My favourite Australian art song repertoire

Posted by Australian Music Centre on 15 July, 2013

The AMC asked leading practitioners to select their favourite Australian art song repertoire, to provide delegates to the 2013 International Conference of Vocal Teachers (Brisbane 2013) with an introduction to this rich and diverse landscape.
This simple coloratura song has been heard around the globe thanks to the Lloyds Bank ad that featured sprightly fairy tale visuals to match. The song was originally part of a ballet, hence the absence of words. But the music is infectious and speaks volumes for anyone who has been reared on Walt Disney.
Roland Peelman

This delightful wordless piece has become a popular classic, with frequent programming on radio and other media. A distinctive, magical sound-world is created through the interplay of the bell-like vocal line and the sparkling accompaniment.  A perfect work for a light, high, flexible soprano voice. Quite simple musically, with repetition and variation of short melodic phrases. Technically challenging, with extensive use of staccato phrases needing total accuracy of pitch, and a contrasting legato central section. 
Jeannie Marsh