Wind Says Good Night
(1997) for narrator, soloists, and orchestra
Text by Katy Rydell (a professional story teller, who can be hired to perform the narration)
[solo flute, violin, (jazz) bass and drum set are included in the listed instrumentation]
duration: 22 minutes
Ideal for any family or young persons concert
premiere: Minnesota Orchestra, Akira Mori, Oct. 27, 1996
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 here 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.