Nocturnal Scenes

for solo piano

Phillip Neil Martin

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Composer Phillip Neil Martin

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Nocturnal Scenes for solo piano was written for the play ‘Nocturne’ by Adam Rapp, staged at the Almeida Theatre in July 2008.

Based upon Grieg’s ‘Nocturne’ opus 54 No.4 for piano, the piece consists of eleven contrasting scenes, varying in length from several minutes to a few seconds.

A young piano prodigy reeling from the tragic death of his younger sister flees to New York City. He takes an uneasy refuge in books and reinvents himself as a writer. Across the decade and a half that follows he tries to cope with the ramifications of the tragic accident that tears his family apart and shatters the American dream… Grieg’s ‘Nocturne’ haunts him.

‘Exquisitely written and directed…heartrendingly performed. This is theatre that invades the emotions in its enormous tragedy produced, performed, and directed to perfection… its emotional echoes persistently resound’ – London Theatre Reviews