Night Pieces

(1971)

by Peter Sculthorpe

Description
piano
Duration
7
Genres
Piano
Commission
Commissioned by the Festival of Perth
First Performance
28.2.1971, Festival of Perth, Octagon Theatre, University of Western Australia: David Bollard
Availability

Score 0-571-50369-1 on sale

Programme Notes
The moon one circle; stars numberless; sky dark green. Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) My Night Pieces, apart from Stars, were first performed at the 1971 Festival of Perth, for which they were written. The opening bracket of pieces is based on a Japanese concept known as setsugekka, which means, literally, ‘snow, moon and flowers’. This concept is concerned with metamorphosis: moonlight, for instance, may make snow of flowers, and flowers of snow; and the moon itself may be viewed as an enormous snowflake or a giant white flower. The music of these three pieces, and of Stars, is concerned with transformations of similar harmonic and motivic structures. Night, on the other hand, is a free transcription of a part of my orchestral work Sun Music I (1965). It is related to the other pieces in its gong-like punctuation and its harmonic usage. Snow, Moon and Flowers is dedicated to Michael Hannan, Night to Anne Boyd and Stars to Peter Kenny. Peter Sculthorpe Duration: c. 7 minutes

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'Night Pieces' reviews

‘Music of quality – delicate, harp-like textures. They are evocative little sketches of a distinctlyimpressionistic kind.’ The Musical Times (UK) (Frank Dawes), August 1975 Read more

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