Pictures of Night (2008)
Cantata for SATB and piano. Duration c. 15 minutes
Commissioned by Essex Vocal Ensembles, conductor Janette Ruocco, for the Essex Beginner Singers, Essex Training Choir, and Essex Young Singers.
Pictures of Night is a suite of five movements, all but one with piano accompaniment. The moods are varied, and the texts range from the beauty of a still night to the excitement of a firework display, and from the storms, mystery and terror of darkness to the calm of the new moon. Originally written for upper voice and SATB choirs, all the movements of this complete edition may be sung by SATB choir, and three of the movements may alternatively be sung by upper voices (see details of separate copies below)
COLNE EDITION CE43. To buy the complete score:
Digital downloads (instant pdfs) from Sheet Music Direct, or Sheet Music Plus(prices vary)
Printed copies (usually printed to order so please allow time for printing and delivery) from Colne Edition in UK £6.95 plus postage, 5 copies minimum)
Also available on hire from Colne Edition .
All the individual movements of the above are also available separately for SATB: (please follow the links).:
1. In such a night (poem by Anne Finch, 1661-1720) SATB and piano.
2. Why does he gallop? (poem by R.L.Stevenson, 1850-94) S(A) or SATB and piano
3. The Night is darkening round me (poem by Emily Bronte, 1818-48) SATB unaccompanied
4. New Moon (poems anonymous Hebridean) SA or SATB and piano.
5. Fireworks (words Alan Bullard) SATB and piano
Additionally, the following alternative versions are available: