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Eliza aria (quartets: 3 clarinets, bass clarinet)

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

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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: 3 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

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

Performances of this work

8 Apr 2018: at Karin Schaupp and Umberto Clerici (St Martin’s (Anglican Parish of Mullumbimby)). Featuring Karin Schaupp, Umberto Clerici.

6 Apr 2018: at Karin Schaupp and Umberto Clerici (Lecture Theatre D, Coffs Harbour Education Campus). Featuring Karin Schaupp, Umberto Clerici.

5 Apr 2018: at Karin Schaupp and Umberto Clerici (Armidale Town Hall). Featuring Umberto Clerici, Karin Schaupp.

28 Mar 2018: at Karin Schaupp & Umberto Clerici (The Independent Theatre). Featuring Karin Schaupp, Umberto Clerici.

27 Mar 2018: at Karin Schaupp & Umberto Clerici (Elisabeth Murdoch Hall). Featuring Karin Schaupp, Umberto Clerici.

12 Nov 2016: at Eliza Shephard (flute) & David Laughton (piano) (Richmond Uniting Church). Featuring David Laughton, Eliza Shephard.

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 Melissa Doecke, Paul Zabrowarny.

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 Sally Walker, Michael Power.

30 Oct 11.

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

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 Lisa Clarke, Andrew Seymour, Samantha Kelson Gray, Nicole Canham.

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

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