Becoming the Night
for orchestra


The primary inspiration for this music is the evening sky. The gradually moving colors and the glowing light that occurs during and shortly after sunset have always inspired me, not only because they are beautiful, but also because they consistently and imperceptibly slip away into darkness. Eventually, during one particularly glowing sunset, I was moved enough to write the short poem Becoming the Night. The central image is one of drifting through the glowing colors of sunset and out into the deep peaceful emptiness of space. Several years later, that poem itself became an inspiration for this piece of music. One could therefore view this piece as a flight of my imagination into a world of twilight.

(duration ca. 14 minutes)

Becoming the Night

It is a delicate world
Subtle shadings, from pink to blue
So deep, dark and vast
So warm and inviting
Its cool quiet calls me, now...
I must set adrift through an endless night
mysterious tears of a lone traveler
passing close to shimmering, celestial beings
Yet one only, with the vastness of nothing


(Poem © 1990, Paul SanGregory)