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Wild swans : ballet

by Elena Kats-Chernin (2002)

Wild swans, and The making of Wild swans.

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Wild swans, and The making of Wild swans.

Library shelf no. DVD 7 [On loan, due 22/8/17]

Wild swans

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Score

Wild swans : a ballet in two acts / Elena Kats-Chernin.

Library shelf no. Q 784.2/KAT 6 [Available for loan]

Work Details

Year: 2002

Instrumentation: Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet), alto saxophone, 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contra-bassoon), 2 horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, bass trombone, tuba, percussion (3 players), harp, piano (doubling celesta), soprano voice, strings.

Duration: 90 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Act I: 1. Overture -- 2. Prologue -- 3. Cutting dolls -- 4. Eliza aria -- 5. Brothers Pontuff & Witch entry -- 6. Father entry & seduction -- 7. Wedding girls -- 8. Wedding men -- 9. Wedding all -- 10. Transformation -- 11. Echo -- 12. Glow worms -- 13. Green leaf.  Act II: 1. Cutting snow -- 2. Snow -- 3. Soaring flight -- 4. Witches behind the screen (Seduction) -- 5. Tarantella -- 6. Knitting -- 7. Cemetery -- 8. Gossip whispers -- 9. Prince pas de deux -- 10. Eliza knitting again -- 11. Condemnation -- 12. Flying cemetery -- 13. Swans are transformed -- 14. Maracas laughing song -- 15. Presents: Clown -- 16. Presents: Mermaid -- 17. Presents: Pea Princess -- 18. Presents: Emperor's clothes -- 19. Presents: Red shoes -- 20. Presents: Match girl -- 21. Hungarian ending -- 22. Green leaf sad.

First performance: by Australian Ballet, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra — 29 Apr 03. Sydney Opera House

The work was created in collaboration with choreographer Meryl Tankard. It is based on Hans Christian Andersen's 1838 fairytale The Wild Swans.

Winner of 2003 Green Room Awards and 2004 Helpmann Awards for best original score.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2004 Helpmann Awards Winner, Best Original Score Elena Kats-Chernin

Analysis

Article: Scoring a fairytale with empathy for the prince
by Jane Albert — © News Limited
Source: Source: The Australian, 1 May, 2003, p.14

Article: Can't stop the music
by Jacqui Taffel — © John Fairfax Holdings
Source: Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October 2005 - Spectrum pp.4

Article: Sound of music for Sunday's silent stars
by Iain Shedden — © News Limited
Source: Source: The Australian, 3 June 2005, pp.19

Article: Elena's music is all remarkably composed
by Diana Simmonds — © News Limited
Source: Source: The Sunday Telegraph, 3 July, 2005, pp.117

Article: Fairytale collaboration : composer Elena Kats-Chernin joins forces with choreographer Meryl Tankard for The Australian Ballet's Wild Swans / by Robin Robertson.

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Performances of this work

29 Apr 03: Sydney Opera House. Featuring Australian Ballet, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

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