Little night (rain) music, A

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General Info

Year: 2016
Duration: c. 12:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Roy Magnuson
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

A little night (rain) music (2016) is, ostensibly, about nighttime rain (as much as music can be “about” anything) and follows in the tradition of the nocturne as it evokes a general nocturnal ambience.

However, with this piece I also wanted to capture as best I could in a traditional wind work a specific feeling that most (all?) new parents feel: timelessness. When awake with a new child throughout the night, time feels different, foreign, new, and exciting. Moments do not seem to follow each other as you are used to. The present is a beautiful, deep inhale, and the past is merely a promise of release that seems to never quite come.

The breath in, the moment you are in, is all that there is, and it is a beautiful, dark, scary, wonderful thing filled with love, commitment, and purpose.

- Program Note by composer


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  • Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Kaitlin Bove, conductor) - 17 November 2022
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Symphonic Winds (Gavin Smith, conductor) – 16 November 2016

Works for Winds by This Composer


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