Commissioned by the International Double Reed Society

  • oboe, piano
  • Oboe; str
  • 13 min

Programme Note

Walking down a darkened street it’s hard to resist looking in through lighted windows and catching a glimpse of other people’s lives. The imagination lingers…

Night Windows is the title of a painting by Edward Hopper of a scene in one such lighted window. However the scenes in this work – though reflecting something of all the loneliness in so many of the Hopper paintings – are all imaginary: highly charged emotional moments.

Loneliness: Anger: Nostalgia: Despair: Frenzy.

The work was commissioned by the International Double Reed Society and it is dedicated to Nicholas Daniel.

Programme note © 2007 Thea Musgrave


Night Windows: I. Loneliness
Night Windows: II. Anger
Night Windows: III. Nostalgia
Night Windows: IV. Despair
Night Windows: V. Frenzy
Guy Porat - Oboe and Franca Bertoli Cividino - Piano


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