Lullaby for Matthew

Piano, Teaching works

For piano

I wrote this lullaby to celebrate the birth of my nephew, Matthew, and it is dedicated to my sister Joyce, and Matthew. It was premiered by pianist, David Guerin in Germany in 1982.

About the work

This work for solo piano has been described by Fred Blanks of the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘a haunting gem for a modern baby.’

In Music in New Zealand Gillian Bibby wrote, ‘In a simple arch structure of 8-bar phrases, [Lullaby for Matthew] progresses in variations from naive simplicity to what could almost amount to a nightmare in the centre, then back to slumbering innocence once again.’

Lullaby for Matthew is suitable for intermediate pianists, about Grade 5.

Scores and recordings

Lullaby for Matthew was published by SOUNZ in First XV, an album of piano works for intermediate pianists. This is now out of print.

First XV — publication

You can buy or borrow the score from SOUNZ.

Lullaby for Matthew — SOUNZ

The work was recorded by Dan Poynton in 1997 on an award-winning CD.

You hit him he cry out — CD

SOUNZ released a promotional recording in 1996, and Burnside High School included it in a CD of works suitable for Royal Schools piano exams.

SOUNZfine Volume 1 — CD

New Zealand colours: alternative piano works for Royal Schools music exams — CD

This work has also been the subject of some education resources.

Lullaby for Matthew: course for NCEA Level 1 — recording