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Night songs

Sheet Music: Score

Night songs : two solo pieces for alto and bass recorder / Betty Beath.

by Betty Beath (2000)

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  • Library Availability: 788.36/BEA 2 — Reference (not for loan) copy only
  • Instrumentation: Bass recorder (Night song I), alto recorder (Night song II). Night song I includes optional gong.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Barnaby Ralph from the CD American dream


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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.

Published by: Wirripang [979 0 720140 15 5] — 1 score (5p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Medium — AMEB Grade 6 and upwards.

Duration: 6 mins, 15 sec.

Contents note:

Night Song 1: c.3 min. 45 sec. -- Night Song 2: c.2 min., 30 sec.

Dedicated to Barnaby Ralph

Commission info: Commissioned by Barnaby Ralph for inclusion in his repertoire of Australian works.

Includes program note.

Night Song 1 for solo bass recorder may stand alone.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979 0 720140 15 5

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Night songs
Score: Night songs : two pieces for solo recorder / by Betty Beath.

American dream
CD: American dream : music of American & Australian composers.


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