Night Song, Opus 8 by Neal Corwell

Instrumentation: solo euphonium or Trombone with CD accompaniment
Copyright: 1989
Duration: 9:30
Range: D to b-1
Difficulty: III
Publisher: Nicolai Music
Price: $20 (includes accompaniment CD and printed music with acc. cues)

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Recorded by: Neal Corwell, euphonium, (Distant Images CD, Nicolai Music)
Other Info: Premiered by Neal Corwell at 1989 U.S. Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Conference, Fort Myer, Arlington, VA.

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Night Song was Neal Corwell’s first work combining synthesizers with a solo acoustic instrument. Unlike many pieces which utilize electronically generated sounds, the music is tonal, and the synthesizer is not used as a source of bizarre sound effects. The accompaniment uses many timbres and devices associated with “new age” music, but unlike most music of that genre, materials are presented and developed in a manner more closely associated with classical music.

The solo begins with a lengthy and rhythmically free introductory section, during which essential thematic materials are stated. A steady rhythmic pulse then emerges to provide rhythmic support for the haunting melodies of the actual “Song”. As the work unfolds, the musical materials of the introduction return, providing contrast to the
Night Song’s lyrical lines. As the work nears conclusion, the two primary melodic lines of the song are combined in a duo between the soloist and a string-like voice created with an analog synthesizer. The coda, an ethereal variant of the introduction, eventually fades away into nothing.