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By Ron Anderson

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Piano Solo - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Ron Anderson. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical. Score. 8 pages. Published by Ron Anderson (S0.842903).

Item Number: S0.842903

With Nightfall, I wanted to capture the time at night when one is alone with his thoughts.  Silences between thoughts can become almost deafening in their volume.  In this time of ambiguity between sleep and wakefulness, the mind is allowed to wander into many strange and sometimes frightening regions.

Beyond the main motivic material--the minor 6th pattern and various harmonizations of the chromatic scale, I found that I was using combinations of A minor (actually octatonic) and B Lydian as dual tonal centers of this piece.  Since it was written for solo piano, I decided to let the compositional process be open-ended; some of what is written here is the result of improvisation, followed by painstaking revision.

 You may notice a touch of Chopin in the "Nocturne" sections, although this nocturne is a bit creepier than the Chopin.

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