Night Music, for violin and piano, was composed in the late
spring of 1987, at the request of Marta Jurjevich and Steven Edwards.
The piece is a “Fantasy-Nocturne,” cast in a single movement, lasting
about nine minutes. In the tradition of Bartók and Crumb’s “night
music,” my piece features nocturnal sounds reminiscent of natural
phenomena, obtained by the performers through the use of “special
effects” ranging from string harmonics, glissandi and pizzicati,
to inside the piano playing. This sound world is intended to evoke the
magical perceptions of night that we feel as children (and sometimes as
adults) that can be scary, playful, or peaceful in the course of a
single night of existence (both in dreaming and in insomnia).
Selected Performances of Night Music
Premiere: October 12, 1987, Marta Jurjevich, violin, Steven Edwards, piano, St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, IN.
November 30, 1987, Marta Jurjevich, violin, Steven Edwards, piano, F&M Sunday Concert Series, Miller Recital Hall, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA