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To the evening star, op. 80 : five songs for soprano and piano

by Andrew Schultz (2009)

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Performance by Stephen Emmerson, Margaret Schindler from the CD To the evening star

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Work Overview

Five songs to settings of texts by Yeats, Hopkins, Longfellow, Davies and Blake on themes of escape, freedom and time passing.

Work Details

Year: 2009

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.).

Commission note: Commissioned for Stephen Emmerson, Margaret Schindler with funds provided by Australia Council.. Composed with the assistance of an Australia Council Composer Fellowship, 2009-2010

First performance: by Stephen Emmerson, Margaret Schindler at Bangalow Music Festival Concert 5 (Bangalow A&I Hall) on 15 Aug 2009

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2009 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize Winner Andrew Schultz


Resonate article: 2009 Paul Lowin Awards Prizewinners Announced! by Australian Music Centre


Performances of this work

24 Feb 2024: at Flametree and the Australian Art Song Resource present Close to Home (Church Street Studios). Featuring Nicole Thomson, Jo Allan, Jenny Duck-Chong.

25 Mar 23: John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA. Featuring Stephen Emmerson, Sofa Troncoso.

8 Sep 2019: at The Exquisite Hour (Hunters Hill Congregational Church). Featuring Flametree.

17 Sep 2015: at Paradise (Io Myers Studio UNSW). Featuring Halcyon.

21 Sep 2014: at Bellingen Music Festival 2014 (Bellingen Memorial Hall). Featuring Alison Morgan, Josephine Allan.

22 Sep 2010: at To the Evening Star (Ian Hanger Recital Hall). Featuring Margaret Schindler, Stephen Emmerson.

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.

16 Aug 09: featuring Stephen Emmerson, Flinders Quartet.

15 Aug 2009: at Bangalow Music Festival Concert 5 (Bangalow A&I Hall). Featuring Stephen Emmerson, Margaret Schindler.

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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.
Alison Morgan