This piece progresses from the perpetual motion of the opening, through a dark lullaby and onto a fiery last section that tests the performer's technique. It was composed for Tom McGrath, who recorded it onto the CD Expressions, released by Ode Records in 2010.
A Little Sleep was composed for Tom McGrath, for performances and for inclusion on a CD recording of piano music by Anthony Ritchie. It was written with financial assistance from The University of Otago. The piece is in three sections, and they evoke a bedtime scene: a child listens to a music box while she prepares for sleep. Her parent sings her a lullaby and she drifts off, but her sleep is disturbed by a nightmare. This is the surface level of the piece, but it may be interpreted in various ways. Pedaling effects are particularly significant in this piece, which explores a variety of timbre. The three sections should be played without a break.
i - music box
ii - lullaby
iii - nightmare
Dedicated to Tom McGrath
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