Night Music

for Orchestra with Cello Solo

George Rochberg

Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

It is a little difficult for me to say anything new about a work I wrote 12 years ago, in 1949. Looking back to a time when I was trying to find myself, it seems that the distance I?ve covered in the intervening years may only be illusory. What I mean is that I am still interested in the same basic problems that absorbed me then. I still want to achieve in the music I?m writing today the same degree of uninhibited passionate expression that typifies my ?Night Music?. This doesn?t mean, however, that I?m writing the same piece over and over again. On the contrary, I?m doing what every serous artist tries to do: to find my way to the center of existence, to the meaning of things and to record that search in works which reflect the many different routes taken to find that center and meaning.

The title should not be taken too literally since it was an afterthought and owes its existence to the music rather than the other way around?Even the word ?night? must be approached as a symbol of whatever is dark, unknown, awesome, mysterious, or daemonic.


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Scores & Parts

Night Music - Full Score - Study

Additional Information

Composition Date 1948
Duration 00:12:00
Orchestration Solo Vcl.; 3 3 3 3 - 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
Premiere 1953. New York Philharmonic, conducted by Dmitri Mitropoulos.