To Fly

2013 – for soprano, violin, cello & piano – 4:06
composed by Frank Horvat & Katya Tchoubar

Sheet Music

Score (pdf)
Soprano Part (pdf)
Violin Part (pdf)
Cello Part (pdf)
Piano Part (pdf)

Performances

World Premiere:
September 3, 2013
Katya Tchoubar (soprano), Oleksandra Fedyshyn (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello), Frank Horvat (piano)
Casa Loma, Toronto Canada

  1. To Fly (studio demo) Katya Tchoubar (soprano), Oleksandra Fedyshyn (violin), Erika Nielsen (cello), Frank Horvat (piano) 04:05

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Programme Notes

The composition of this piece, along with that of Do You Know Me? was the result of a writing collaboration with soprano, Katya Tchoubar. Katya envisioned us composing neo-romantic crossover chamber music. Not just simply some simple and subtle instrumental accompaniments to a vocal line, but instead an orchestration where all instruments (including voice) were treated as equals and all had something interesting to say within the piece.

I was very intrigued by this from a compositional standpoint. And I feel that this was especially achieved in ‘Do You Know Me?‘ where the piece goes through a number of mood changes. I really enjoyed not feeling barriers to what I could ask the piano and strings to do within both pieces.

I really enjoyed composing both these pieces because they reminded me that it is creatively gratifying to compose music that attempts to touch the heart of the listener. In fact since working with Katya, I’ve gone on to compose a number of other neo-romantic works that I am very proud of.

I’m starting to conclude that the only two true motivators that moves me to compose a work is exploring either the beauty or darkness in the souls of men – I guess there’s not much left after that, is there?

– Frank Horvat

Lyrics

Keep telling myself no reason to be waiting
Tomorrow will come so fast without delay
This river you call life will run forever through droughts and tides

To fly aah…
To fly aah…
Jump right in before it’s over
Before it’s over
To fly aah…

Da da da da…
To fly…

The moment is all you have so use it wisely
Surrender to the power of everlasting
And fly further higher
Along the river which you inspire

To fly aah…
To fly aah…
Jump right in before it’s over
Before it’s over
To fly aah…

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