• Dave Heath
  • Beyond Dark

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the South Yorkshire County Coucil for the Yorkshire Arts Association to celebrate the 50th recital of 'Live Music Now'.

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Programme Note

Beyond the Dark is in a one movement, three section form, fast-slow-fast, and is influenced not only by the modern jazz harmony of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, but also by the sounds of the Japanese koto and shakahachi. When I play the piece myself, I use many alternative fingerings to give the piece an exotic flavour, and I have included some of these optional fingerings in the score. As in all my music, the tempi, dynamics and phrasing are suggestions only, and as you get into the piece, make it your own. Don't be limited by what's written down - feel free to experiment.

Beyond the Dark is dedicated to Richard 'King of the Low C's' Blake, who started my composing career in 1978 by asking me to write Out of the Cool.