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An Aria A Day #28

MITCHELL RILEY
‘Je me suis embarqué’
No. 2 from L’horizon chimérique Op.118
by Gabriel Fauré
Piano Narelle French

5th June, 2020

After his involvement in Patrick Nolan’s production of ‘Oscar and Lucinda’, which premiered to critical acclaim at Sydney’s Carriageworks last year, Mitchell Riley joins the An Aria A Day artist line-up from his home on the east side of #Paris.

Mitch chose to perform Fauré’s ‘Je me suis embarqué’ for how wonderfully it captures the excitement and the pain of starting out on a new journey and leaving all we know behind us.

Better known for his melodic earlier songs, in 1921 #Fauré selected four of a collection of poems by Jean de La Ville de Mirmont, killed in action at the start of WW1. For his setting of these texts, which are based around themes of longing, departure, and the ocean, Fauré employed a deeper, more complex musical style.

Beginning with a rolling piano figure that mirrors the boat’s rhythmic yet uneven motion, and with a vocal line full of uncertainty and nuance, the piece describes the desire to leave the world behind and to seek peace in solitude and the sea.

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