Nightsongs (1999)

for solo piano

Recorded by Jill Richards on ‘Michael Blake: Complete Works for Solo Piano 1994-2004’ (MBED001)
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Duration: 4'00"

Première

First performance: Thursday 5 August 1999; South Africa; Michael Blake pianoperformance details.

Programme note

Nightsongs takes apart, and then puts together differently, all the Cole Porter songs I know with "night" in the title as well as the very chromatic I Concentrate on You. The music inhabits a strange, almost expressionist world, unlike anything I'd written in more than twenty years, with fragments of Porter sometimes fleetingly remembered. I started it in London in March 1997 to play on a concert tour, but only managed to reach the double barline two years later in Grahamstown.