Night songs : two solo pieces for alto and bass recorder
by Betty Beath (2000)
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Night Song 1 for solo bass recorder and its companion piece Night Song 2 for solo alto recorder, were written for the musician Barnaby Ralph. He felt that the bass recorder "was somewhat neglected" and he wanted to contrast its with "the instrument of his choice, the alto recorder." Hearing his performance on these and other instruments I recognised his extraordinary ability as a musician, performer and communicator and was pleased to accept his brief to write pieces for solo recorder.
For me the sound of the recorder is strongly linked with nature; sounds you might hear as you walk a forest path, the sighing of wind in the branches of trees as well as ancient and elemental images which come to mind.
These two pieces for solo recorder have quality of langour we might associate with the night; perhaps Night Song 1, for solo bass recorder, could be thought of as a lullaby, while Night Song 2 for solo alto recorder is a song of the heart.
Instrumentation: Bass recorder (Night song I), alto recorder (Night song II). Night song I includes optional gong.
Duration: 7 min.
Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 6 and upwards.
Contents note: Night Song 1: c.3 min. 45 sec. -- Night Song 2: c.2 min., 30 sec.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Barnaby Ralph
Commission note: Commissioned by Barnaby Ralph.. Commissioned by Barnaby Ralph for inclusion in his repertoire of Australian works.
Night Song 1 for solo bass recorder may stand alone.
Night Songs 1 & 2 for solo alto and solo bass recorders
For me the sound of the recorder is strongly linked with nature; sounds you might hear as you walk a forest path, the sighing of wind in the branches of trees as well an ancient and elemental images which come to mind. These two pieces for solo recorder have a quality of langour we might associate with the night; perhaps NIGHT SONG 1, for solo alto recorder is a song of the heart and NIGHT SONG 2, for bass recorder could be thought of as a lullaby. (Betty Beath)
Performances of this work
20 Oct 02: Queensland Art Gallery. Featuring Barnaby Ralph.
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