for alto saxophone and piano
by Michael G. Cunningham
The Nightingale was inspired by a sonnet by the same name by the Italian 14th-Century poet Francesco Petrarch. In it Petrarch likens the nightingale's' song to his own love-sick state of mind -- that the bird's twilight song bespeaks of unrequited love, and that even the simple pleasures in life are but temporary.
This work was composed in 1964 and exists in three versions: the one here, one for solo voice and one slightly different version for women's chorus.
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