At Dead of Night
Duration: 7 minutes
This nocturne for piano started life as the second movement of my Sonata for Harp which received the Gregynog Composers Award in 1999.
The sonata was written whilst staying at Lake Vyrnwy, a vast reservoir constructed by damming the valley and drowning the local village, and draws upon the folklore and the geography of the area.
This picture of the lake and its environs at night contrasts the calm stillness of the lake with thoughts of the submerged village (with echoes of the church bells), the “creatures of the night” that are said to roam around its banks at night and the natural wildlife that inhabit the surrounding countryside.