In the City at Night for Basset Horn


In the City at Night for solo Basset Horn: This solo piece explores the quiet at dusk, the lights blinking on once dark has fallen, and the adventures at night in a city.





In the City at Night for Basset Horn was originally written for English Horn. It was clarinetist Christopher Mothersole that suggested this piece would also work well for the Basset Horn, and this encouraged me to release a version of it for the instrument.

In the City at Night is at times playful and fast like many lights blinking on just after dusk in the city.  At other times it is quiet and serene like the city streets that are empty in the early hours before dawn.  In creating this world, I wanted the listener to be left with thoughts and impressions of a city after dark, and the lone voice of the Basset Horn telling the story of a night adventure on the city streets.

The English Horn version was the winner of the 2014 Women Composers Festival of Hartford International Composition Competition.

The English Horn version appears on the following CDs:

In the City at Night recorded by Ryan Zwahlen

Music for English Horn Alone recorded by Jacqueline Leclair on New Focus Recordings released in 2020.

Th Basset Horn version is recorded by Chris Mothersole and is available on YouTube.


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