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Halil, Nocturne


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Composer's Notes

"This work is dedicated ‘To the spirit of Yadin and to his fallen brothers… Halil (the Hebrew word for ‘flute’) is formally unlike any other work I have written, but is like much of my music in its struggle between tonal and non-tonal forces. In this case, I sense that struggle as involving wars and the threat of wars, the overwhelming desire to live, and the consolations of art, love and the hope for peace. It is a kind of night-music, which, from its opening 12-tone row to its ambiguously diatonic final cadence, is an ongoing conflict of nocturnal images: wish-dreams, nightmares, repose, sleeplessness, night-terrors and sleep itself, Death’s twin brother. I never knew Yadin Tannenbaum, but I know his spirit."

Difficulty guide: 9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute doubling on Piccolo doubling on Alto Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
  • Part 3: Percussion
Category: Music for Flute and Other Percussion
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Publisher's reference: M051590896
Our Stock Code: 926775
Media Type: Paperback