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A Little Sleep

for solo piano

Year:  2009   ·  Duration:  9m 40s

Year:  2009
Duration:  9m 40s

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie

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Anthony Ritchie: 1. Music B...

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Anthony Ritchie: 2. Lullaby...

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Anthony Ritchie: 3. Nightma...

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A Little Sleep was composed for Tom McGrath, for performances and for inclusion on a CD recording of piano music by Anthony Ritchie. It was written with financial assistance from The University of Otago. The piece is in three sections, and they evoke a bedtime scene: a child listens to a music box while she prepares for sleep. Her parent sings her a lullaby and she drifts off, but her sleep is disturbed by a nightmare. This is the surface level of the piece, but it may be interpreted in various ways. Pedaling effects are particularly significant in this piece, which explores a variety of timbre. The three sections should be played without a break.

Dedication note

to Tom McGrath

Contents note

1. Music box
2. Lullaby
3. Nightmare

Performance history

Performed by Tom McGrath