To the evening star, op. 80 : five songs for soprano and piano
by Andrew Schultz (2009)
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Five songs to settings of texts by Yeats, Hopkins, Longfellow, Davies and Blake on themes of escape, freedom and time passing.
Instrumentation: Soprano, piano.
Duration: 17 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary student level
Contents note: 1. Lake Isle of Innisfree (text by William Butler Yeats) (4 min., 40 sec.) -- 2. Pied beauty (text by Gerard Manley Hopkins) (1 min.) -- 3. Mezzo Cammin (text by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) (4 min.) -- 4. Money, O! (text by W H Davies) (2 min., 30 sec.) -- 5. To the evening star (text by William Blake) (4 min.).
Awards & Prizes
|2009||Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize||Winner||Andrew Schultz|
Resonate article: 2009 Paul Lowin Awards Prizewinners Announced! by Australian Music Centre
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
Performances of this work
13 Sep 2010: at Where the Heart Is.. a celebration of homegrown music (Carriageworks). Featuring Halcyon.
7 Sep 2010: at Where the Heart Is.. a celebration of homegrown music (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music). Featuring Halcyon.
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My favourite Australian art song repertoire
Posted by Australian Music Centre on 22 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.
An unashamedly traditional song cycle, on very personal texts that reflect on the creative inner life. The mood is often sombre, with dark and woody tones in both instruments. There is a real sense of connection between piano and singer in the musical lines which is both rewarding and challenging. The text setting is natural and not always predictable. A soprano with a velvety, robust medium-low register is going to best capture the colours needed here.