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Nightsong for Solo Piccolo

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Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society

Pan - Journal of the British Flute Society

This review first appeared in Pan, the journal of the British Flute Society and is reproduced with permission. Join the BFS: membership starts from £20 a year.

Playable and playful, this is published by her own imprint Tetractys for solo piccolo. It is played by my French conservatoire students for their concours and auditions.

Atarah Ben-Tovim

From the Publisher

Nightsong was composed in January 2016 for Mariángel Villalobos. The musical inspiration for the piece came from two sources; one was the sound of a robin, who sang loudly outside my window each night at 2am. The bird’s distinctive bright sound and clear voice formed a stark contrast with the surrounding silence and elements of this idea (although not the pitches themselves) found their way into the piece.

Nightsong was written during the days after the death of Pierre Boulez, with whom I had been lucky enough to work on a performance of Le Marteau sans maître. This piece had a significant impact on my performing career (leading indirectly to the formation of rarescale and the beginnings of important collaborations), and Boulez himself had an unforgettable presence which could not fail to inspire. Nightsong is, in part, my way of saying thank you.

Honorable Mention, Solo Flute category, National Flute Association (USA) Newly Published Music Competition 2017

Performance duration (approx): 3'00

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

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piccolo
Category: Unaccompanied Piccolo Music
Publisher: Tetractys Publishing
Publisher's reference: TTYS292019/50
Our Stock Code: 1388145
Media Type: Paperback (2 pages [score])

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