Here is a piece I wrote last fall (2009) for the Cleveland Chamber Collective. It was performed under the auspices of the Cleveland Composers Guild of which I am a member. I am well past traditional harmonies, so if you are not into contemporary, this may sound a bit strange. I have a masters degree in music comp and theory and am being tutored now by a composer who has studied with Elliott Carter. (Because I have gotten this in the past, I add this note - "the last sentence is not a justification of the work, it is a reference to what I am studying.) If you don't know Ellliot Carter, you should give him a listen. He has been composing for over 80 years (yes, 80 - he is over a hundred and still composing.)
The piece is called: Night Moods.It is a reflective piece about different aspects of the night; quiet reflective, bustling and hectic, intimate, disturbing and then quiet and reflective. Though it is not programmatic in the sense of story telling, it does try to portray the feelings of a night’s sleep. Normal sleep is followed by different dreams, some disturbing and some fun. But, in the end just a quiet sleep prevails.