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Nocturne

(2007) for wind ensemble

duration: 8 minutes

grade level: 5

premieres: IU Symphonic Band, Paul Popiel - Feb. 2010

live performance audio:

mp3 excerpt 1 (start) 

studio recording (GIA Teaching Music Through Performance):

mp3 

Perusal Score

score


Program Note

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 Night features 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. This lullaby has been reworked into a short piece for solo guitar and expanded upon in Nocturne, for wind ensemble.

 


Recording:

NocturneGIA CD 961  
University of North Texas Wind Symphony,
Eugene Corporon

 

Score Samples

(pages 3, 4, 21):
page 1 of score

page 2

p21