Nightsongs (1999)

for theatre organ

Transcribed 2013

Publisher: Bardic Edition

Score BDE 1025

Duration: 3 minutes, 30 seconds

Programme note

The material for Nightsongs, a short piano piece composed between 1997 and 1999, was drawn from some of the songs of Cole Porter, in particular those with ‘night’ in the title.

I arranged it for organ many years later as a homage to the lost tradition of the theatre organ and especially fond childhood memories of the Alhambra Theatre in Cape Town where you could gaze for hours at the simulated twinkling stars on the vast hemispherical ceiling. This wonderful monument to escapism was tragically lost to the desire for new grim apartheid architecture in the early 1970s.