Night Echoes (download)
Nocturne for piano solo – 5′
Premiere—2006, by Stephanie Wendt, Sydney, Australia.
Night Echoes pays homage to Chopin and to Stephanie Wendt. In addition to her considerable gifts as a pianist, Stephanie is an actor, the playwright of a probing monodrama about Clara Schumann (Clara’s Visitor), an engaging radio commentator, an elegant prose stylist, and a most gracious and generous human being. She is currently teaching in Sweden, and is missed very much by all her state-side friends.
Like many nocturnes, Night Echoes begins at a subconscious level, rises to a lyrical expression (which in this case is echoed in the left hand), proceeds unquietly to a grand statement, and subsides in refrain.
Stephanie Wendt has performed on five continents. Passionate about sharing classical music with diverse audiences, she has performed in venues ranging from a maximum-security prison, to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. She holds degrees in piano performance from The Curtis Institute of Music and Indiana University, a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, and also a masters in organ performance from Indiana University. Her awards include a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians and an Artist Grant from MacPhail Center for Music (Minneapolis, U.S.A.) for original research into the life of Nadia Boulanger.