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Night Cries
for organ

Composer David Ashley White
Price $20.00 (U.S.) Released 7/06
Difficulty Difficult
Catalog no. 160-850 Length x'

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"This work was commissioned by David Lowry and was premiered at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. The music is demanding and is a serious recital piece for a performer with solid technique. The work falls into a basic three-part desigh: the first section uses some massive, dissonant chords mixed with delicate melodic fragments; a blues-like melody follows, and the melodic fragments are mixed with asymmetric meter, dynamic changes, and driving rhythm. This would be a dramatic piece for a recital." --AAM Journal, May/June 2008

David Lowry, who at the time was on the music faculty at Winthrop College, Rock Hill, S.C., commissioned Night Cries and premiered the work in 1979 at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. The piece falls into a large three-part design and stresses several contrasting ideas and moods. The introductory brutal and massive chords are followed by more delicate melodic fragments. These materials serve as the building blocks for all that is to follow. The blues-like melody that next appears certainly was influenced by Charleston and its rich musical culture. White came to know and love this city during his several years as principal oboe in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in the late 1960s and early '70s.



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