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Night song

Sheet Music: Score

Night song : for oboe and piano / Tim Dargaville.

by Tim Dargaville (1997)

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  • Instrumentation: Oboe, piano.
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    Performance by Trevor Barnard from the CD Blue wrens

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The piano part to Night Song was originally created for the 1997 Kickhouse Theatre production of the radio play Ned Kelly by Douglas Stewart. The music was originally intended to accompany a depiction of Ned's last night in the Old Melbourne Gaol, where according to reports he was calm and at peace with himself and whistled folk songs such as The Wild Colonial Boy - a fragment of which is buried in the luminous piano part.

Over the years, Night Song has been performed, recorded and broadcast as a piano solo.
In 2020 a series of new versions, or recompositions, of this music have been created for piano and combinations of other instruments. In each version, the piano part remains the same - a familiar presence. The new instrument provides a more recent perspective around what was previously existing. I think of these new versions as 'memory' pieces - exploring the contemplation of something treasured and familiar from different vantage points at a distance of over 2 decades in time.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (6p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 4 mins

First performance by Madeleine Flynn, Tim Humphrey — Mar 97. Theatreworks, St. Kilda, Melbourne

Includes performance instructions and program note.

Commissioned by Kickhouse Theatre, for 1997 season of 'Ned Kelly' by Douglas Stewart.

Revised in 2020.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced Dec 20.

ISMN: M-67305-512-4

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This work also exists as the following versions:
- Flugelhorn with piano
- Solo Piano
- Cor Anglais with piano


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