Bernstein Nocturne for Flute, Percussion & Piano


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Bernstein Nocturne for Flute, Percussion & Piano

Bernstein Nocturne for Flute, Percussion & Piano

Halil (1981)
Nocturne for flute, percussion and piano
Duration: 16′
Scoring: Percussion: Timp (optional)/4SD/4tom-t/BD/cyms/2susp.cym/2gongs/tam-t/2tgl/
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Composer’s Notes (Boosey & Hawkes)

This work is dedicated “To the Spirit of Yadin and to his Fallen Brothers.” The reference is to Yadin Tanenbaum, a nineteen-year-old Israeli flautist who, in 1973, at the height of his musical powers was killed in his tank in the Sinai. He would have been twenty-seven years old at the time this piece was written.

Halil (the Hebrew word for “flute”) is formally unlike any other work I have written but is like much of my music in its struggle between tonal and non-tonal forces. In this case, I sense that struggle involving wars and the threat of wars, the overwhelming desire to live, and the consolations of art, love and the hope for peace. It is a kind of night music which, from its opening 12-tone row to its ambiguously diatonic final cadence, is an ongoing conflict of nocturnal images: wish dreams, nightmares, repose, sleeplessness, night terrors and sleep itself, Death’s twin brother.

I never knew Yadin Tanenbaum, but I know his spirit.

— Leonard Bernstein

Composer – Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein was born in the USA in 1918. He studied piano with Walter Piston At Harvard University amongst others before graduating in 1939. He then studied piano, conducting and orchestration at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia.

Bernstein was appointed as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic in 1943. He also became a guest conductor of numerous renowned orchestras worldwide.

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