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sing songs self

a single movement piano concerto

Year:  2012   ·  Duration:  11m
Instrumentation:  Solo piano + 3*22*2; 4220; 3 perc., celesta, harp, strings | (Perc: 2 brake drums, marimba, snare drum, whip, vib., tambourine, 4 roto-toms, 5 temple blocks, tub. bells, tam-tam, 2 chinese gongs)

Year:  2012
Duration:  11m
Instrumentation  Solo piano + 3*22*2; 4220; ...

Composer:   Chris Watson

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NZSO, Sarah Watkins (piano), Hamish McKeich (conductor), 2014 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings.

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My 2 year old son's bedtime rituals included milk drinking, book reading, story telling and the singing of songs. When it came time to say goodnight he would declare, "sing songs self" - meaning he now wanted me to leave the room whereupon he would sing himself to sleep.

This nightly declaration implied his acceptance of the transition from needing company and protection to steeling himself to go it alone and face the night, indeed, to face his fears. It seemed somehow related to the concerto medium: a me-against-the-world scenario full of uncertainties in which overcompensation for the frailties of the individual via displays of virtuosity are the norm.

Contents note

Single movement

Performance history

15 Apr 2014: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Watkins (piano), Hamish McKeich (conductor). Recorded by RNZ Concert as part of the 2014 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings.

Recorded by Sarah Watkins and The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by Hamish McKeich.

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