Nocturne noir for Piano

By Barbara Harbach
Published: 2012
Catalogue Number: H611
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In the night, Nocturne noir enters the mind, where dreams and motives intertwine, ever shifting between reality and fantasy. Slow awakening from a deep sleep begins with an ascending jagged scale, becoming more insistent until block chords made of the intervals of the scale lead into an agitated left hand ostinato with an octave melody soaring overhead. Serenity briefly returns with a lyrical section but is continually over ridden by agitation. The nightmare deepens with a jig fugue that begins in the lower reaches of the piano, rising dramatically upwards. All the melodic elements alternate adding to the tension until total awareness of the night abruptly wakes the consciousness in a final ascending upward passage.


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