Richard Lambert Music the silence of the night (Op.27 No.4a)

An elegiac, sultry piece for muted trumpet and piano

This reworking of the song Echo from …too bitter sweet takes its title from the opening line of the poem.

Set in a modal version of F minor, the piece is overtly melodic, with the trumpet part in constant dialogue with the piano accompaniment.

While outwardly classical in style, …in the silence of the night evokes a 'Miles Davis' nocturnal mood.

Unusually, the trumpet is required to be muted throughout, creating sonorities that are generally employed more sparingly.

Two different mutes are utilised appropriately to enhance the prevailing atmosphere, which swings in turn between wistfulness and optimism.


  1. 1 May 2010 at the Maytime Concert of Words and Music at St John’s Church, Batheaston, near Bath. Tom Ashby (trumpet)
  2. 7 May 2011 at Shotley Farm House, Harringworth, Northants for the composer’s 60th birthday celebration. Tom Ashby (trumpet)


This recording of the silence of the night was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording.


You can view and purchase the score of the silence of the night from Score Exchange.

If you wish to listen to the piece on that website, select the ‘MP3 file’ link instead of playing the embedded score for better audio quality.

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