Ronald Royer, composer | Alexander Panizza, piano

Notes from the Composer: Night Music for piano (2021) was created during the Covid-19 pandemic. Feeling nostalgic, I was drawn to night themes and music from the past. The composition is in the form of a piano sonata, but each of the four movements also functions as an independent character piece. Night Music was written for and dedicated to the wonderful Argentinian/Canadian pianist Alexander Panizza. Due to Toronto’s restrictions concerning live concerts, it was composed to be premiered on the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra’s YouTube channel. Echoes of Film Noir was inspired by the dramatic, gripping, and multi-layered music commonly found in this genre. Film noir was commonly set in dark locations and shot in black and white. In creating music for my fantasy nighttime crime drama, I used a traditional sonata allegro form for the structure. The movement starts with a first theme representing a hardboiled detective, followed by a second theme representing a “femme fatale”. The rest of the movement allows for the music (and the story) to develop, build to a climax, and come to a conclusion. I invite listeners to create their own stories.

Audio recording and video by Alexander Panizza This video was sponsored by the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra and was made possible in part by support from the Toronto Arts Council, and the SOCAN Foundation. Websites: https://www.spo.ca Audio recording copyright 2021 Alexander Panizza and Ronald Royer Video copyright 2021 Alexander Panizza Music copyright 2021 Ronald Royer

Media: 1. He Walked by Night (1948) – Film Noir, Public Domain Mark 1.0 Director: Alfred L. Werker; Actors: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Whit Bissell, Jack Webb, Byron Foulger, John Dehner, Frank Cady; Production Company: Bryan Foy Productions; Country: USA Source:… Information: 2. Kiss of Death (1947) – Film Noir, Public Domain Director: Henry Hathaway; Actors: Victor Mature, Richard Widmark, Coleen Gray, Karl Malden; production Company, 20th Century Fox; Country: USA Source:… Information: 3. Double Indemnity (1944) – Film Noir, Public Domain Director: Billy Wilder; Actors: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson; Production Company: Paramount Pictures; Country: USA Source:…, Information: 4. All other media from Envato Elements, Philharmonic Orchestra

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