The Raven

The Raven
Monodrama for Baritone and Orchestra
based upon the poem by Edgar Allen Poe. 2000 (15:00)
The Raven

Stylistically haunting echoes of Bartok and Britten will give you the creeps. The semi-stageable trio version has been performed at the University of Utah and has been selected by the Edgar Allen Poe Society in Philadelphia, to be performed at their conference in October, 2009, celebrating the bicentennial of his birth.

[Baritone, 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, 3 trb, tuba, timp, perc, hp, strings]
*Also arranged for mezzo soprano, viola and piano

Click to hear The Raven - mezzo soprano
“This short monodrama runs the gamut of emotions as Elias explores the psychological workings of the narrator. Elias deliberately leaves open whether the narrator is slowly going insane. It's an effective mad scene in the best 19th century operatic tradition, and Eberhardt was quite stunning as she sang and occasionally declaimed the lines of Poe's most famous poem.”
Deseret News 4/14/07

“The musical centerpiece was the premiere of associate concertmaster Gerald Elias' ‘The Raven,’ after Edgar Allan Poe. Baritone David Power was the soloist, alternating between speaking and singing in a high melodic line reminiscent of Benjamin Britten. The orchestral accompaniment was colorful and cinematic-sounding.”
Salt Lake Tribune 11/1/00