by Nigel Hess

solo piano (left hand only or two hands)
Commissioned by Nicholas McCarthy for his debut album "Solo" (Warner Classics)

Score on special sale from the Hire Library, and in a digital version from the Faber Music online store

Programme Notes
The tradition of left-hand repertoire firmly began in the nineteenth century and developed through the twentieth century, mainly as a result of the First World War.  Nigel Hess's Nocturne gives me the opportunity, in the twenty-first century, to premiere a new left-hand commission by one of the UK's most eminent composers.  I was thrilled when Nigel agreed to the commission, and I'll never forget the excitement of first seeing the completed score.  The piece has a simple but beautiful theme with an unexpected use of harmony that I love.  It certainly tells a story.
© Nicholas McCarthy

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