by Anthony Ritchie, for piano, Opus 21

This continous piano work is dream-like and colourful in atmosphere, and combines styles and textures in an eclectic manner. Suitable for a professional pianist.

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Programme Note

Night-piece was composed in 1986 with the assistance of an Arts Council grant, and first performed by the composer in April 1987. Sharon Joy Vogan subsequently recorded the work for Concert FM.

The one continuous movement is divided into seven sections, linked by recurring motifs. Five of these sections describe dreams, while the opening and closing sections represent the gradual drifting off to sleep, and waking from sleep, respectively.

Rather than being specifically programmatic, Night-piece attempts to evoke strongly-felt sensations and emotions from the the sub-conscious mind.