the dark out of the nighttime
  for flute, viola, guitar, and harp
  Year: 2005
  Duration: 15'
  First Performance: 15 February 2005 Taplin Auditorium; Princeton, NJ
    Janus with Andrew McKenna Lee, guitar

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Program Notes

the dark out of the nighttime was written primarily as an excuse to involve myself as a performer in one of my own chamber works - something I've never done before. I chose this particular ensemble because I thought it would be interesting to play with the combination of harp and guitar- two instruments which have similar timbral characteristics and playing techniques.

The title comes from a verse in the song "She Belongs to Me" by Bob Dylan:

She's got everything she needs,
She's an artist, she don't look back.
She can take the dark out of the nighttime,
And paint the daytime black.

The piece has nothing to do with the song other than this, but I chose this line for the title because I thought it made a nice reference to the nocturnal quality of the piece.




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