(2013) for harp
Emily Levin, April 13, 2013, Indiana University Ford Hall, Bloomington, IN
Commissioned by the Minnesota Orchestral Association for performance as part of the Minnesota Orchestra's "Adventures in Music" series of family concerts, Wind Says Good Nightfeatures a narrator and four soloists from within the orchestra. Katy Rydell's wonderful book tells the story of a child kept from sleep by a mockingbird, cricket, frog and moth, represented musically by the flute, violin, bass and drums, respectively. Other characters in the book are the night wind, depicted by a rolled, upside-down cymbal placed on a timpani and the moon, represented by swells in the horns, winds and strings. A gentle lullaby is featured at the beginning and ending of the work and also in transitions, and is here reworked into a short piece for solo harp.