Night Music

Length: 14'

Performances:
Jacqueline du Pre Concert Hall, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY , 23rd Feb 2015
The Meeting House, University of Sussex, 24th Sep 2015
Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Rd, Belfast, Antrim BT7 1NH, 31st Jan 2015
Conservatoire Frédéric Chopin, 43 rue Bargue, 75015 Paris, 7th Feb 2015
All Saint’s Church, The Drive, Hove BN3 3QE (near Hove Town Hall), 12th Feb 2015
The Meeting House, University of Sussex, 22nd Jan 2015
The Warehouse, Theed St, London, SE1 8ST, 25th Sep 2015

Moods:
conflict

Publisher: University of York Music Press

Genre: Solo keyboard(s)

Programme Note:

Night Music follows Dark Formations (2010), a composition for chamber ensemble and still images in collaboration with Professor David Chandler and the late Roger Tolson, Head of Art at the Imperial War Museum. The project reflects on the effects of the allied aerial campaign in World War II as recorded by RAF cameras. This second work responds to moving images, again drawn from the Imperial War Museum archives. The music can be performed as a concert piece, or with film. In the version with moving images, we cannot hear words or sounds because the footage is silent; the piano's elaborate melodic lines perhaps take their place. The computer sounds are contingent on the acoustic musical material, and yet also bear free elements and unexpected artefacts within an overall envelope shaped by the human computer musician.

Night Music is in three parts.
Part 1 – Flowing – The piece is largely governed by a 5/8 metre. The melody at times floats freely over the bar lines to create an impression of eliding and shifting surfaces.
Part 2 – Machine song – This movement explores musical gestures of descent and ascent; tension between the music’s mechanistic and lyrical qualities; disruption as conflicting scales are brought together and complex harmonies are cross-cut with occasional moments of transparency.
Part 3 – Night toccata – A rapid study which explores the full range and registers of the piano, at times exploring some harmonies obsessively while at certain moments breaking through to passages of pure textures, rhythms and clusters.

Night Music was commissioned by Norman Jacobs, artistic director of Music Of Our Time for performance on 12 February 2015 as part of the series ‘Music for Curious Minds’ in the Brighton Science Festival, supported by the RVW Trust. (Ed Hughes)

2015 tour details:

 

Richard Casey, solo piano

Joseph Houston, solo piano

with Ed Hughes, electronics

 

Pianist Richard Casey reveals the fascinating soundworld of piano with electronics

including the first performances of Ed Hughes’s Night Music, and Jonathan Harvey’s Tombeau de Messiaen, a searing exploration of tempered and non-tempered piano colours. Ligeti’s virtuosic and expressive Études for solo piano were written between 1988 and 1994 and are classics of the late twentieth century piano repertoire.

 

Thurs 22 Jan at 1.20pm

The Meeting House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9RH

Joseph Houston, solo piano

Ed Hughes - Night Music

Gyorgi Ligeti - Two Etudes: Fém and En suspens

Jonathan Harvey - Tombeau de Messiaen

https://www.facebook.com/sussexmusicresearch

 

 

Sat 31 January at 7.30pm

Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Rd, Belfast, Antrim BT7 1NH

Richard Casey, solo piano

Ed Hughes: Night Music

Martyn Harry: Restraint for handcuffed pianist and pre-recorded tape

Gyorgi Ligeti: Études: from Deuxieme Livre solo piano

Jonathan Harvey: Tombeau de Messiaen

Ed Hughes: Orchid 3

http://crescentarts.ticketsolve.com/shows/873526028/events?TSLVq=8e8283fc-4073-420a-a847-188b347d253a&TSLVp=a719beb9-9993-47ea-b97b-9b98d796ed3d&TSLVts=1421747681&TSLVc=ticketsolve&TSLVe=crescentarts&TSLVrt=Safetynet&TSLVh=59d98c6d078cd82a633dd6050440a23e

 

Sat 7 February at 8pm

Conservatoire Frederic Chopin, 43 rue Bargue, 75015 Paris

Richard Casey, solo piano

Ed Hughes: Night Music

Martyn Harry: Restraint for handcuffed pianist and pre-recorded tape

Gyorgi Ligeti: Études: from Deuxieme Livre solo piano

Jonathan Harvey: Tombeau de Messiaen

http://conservatoirechopin.free.fr/

 

 

Thu 12 February at 7.30pm

Brighton Science Festival

All Saint’s Church, The Drive, Hove BN3 3QE (near Hove Town Hall)

With University of Sussex Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ed Hughes

Ed Hughes: Night Music (15’) WORLD PREMIERE of version for solo piano and orchestra

Stephen Montague: Dark Sun (20’)

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (40’)

http://www.brightonscience.com/events/music-for-curious-minds-dark-formations/

 

 

Mon 23 February at 8pm

Oxford University New Music Week

Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY

Richard Casey, solo piano

Ed Hughes: Night Music

Martyn Harry: Restraint for handcuffed pianist and pre-recorded tape

Gyorgi Ligeti: Études: from Deuxieme Livre solo piano

Jonathan Harvey: Tombeau de Messiaen

http://www.sthildas.ox.ac.uk/jdpevent/piano-and-electronics-richard-casey-piano-and-ed-hughes-electronics