Conversations with the Night

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Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Andrew Boysen, Jr.

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General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 7:30
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Neil A. Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


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Program Notes

Conversations With the Night was commissioned by Jeff Doughten and the Andrews, Texas, High School Band as a memorial to their friend and fellow musician, Jerry Don Belt. The piece is based on one of Jerry Don’s favorite hymns, When I See the Blood. There are several trombone solos in the work because that was Jerry Don’s instrument.

The title for this work explains a lot about the organization of the piece and the motivation behind it. It stems from a conversation I had with Jerry Don’s parents in which they told me of his deep religious convictions, his love of people, his fascination with lightning, and his smiling face. In other words, they gave me a chance to get to know Jerry Don as much as I possibly could. The one thing that struck me the most in our talk was the fact that Jerry Don used to enjoy going for walks outside at night by himself. His mother then mentioned how she goes outside at night now to talk with him, because that is when she feels the closest to him. 'Conversations With the Night is my reaction to how she must feel at times when she talks to him -- feelings of pain, love, and, ultimately, peace.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

  • Virginia: V


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Boysen, Jr., A. (1994). Conversations with the Night [score]. Neil A. Kjos Music: San Diego, Calif.