What do you love most about that time of day that we all call dusk? Is it the beautiful oranges, pinks, and deep blues that fill the sky. Is it the fact that around dusk the work day is done, and it’s time to take a rest? Or maybe it’s the gentle stillness that those early evening hours bring forward, leaving room for a bit of thought and reflection. That’s certainly the case for me. Greetings – I’m Loki Karuna, and on this edition of Noteworthy you and I will enjoy bits of this beautiful composition titled Dusk – a work by composer Nkeiru Okoye.

Nkeiru Okoye was born in New York and studied in the American midwest, but her African heritage has always been an important part of who she is. As a child she had the opportunity to visit her father’s home country of Nigeria, and it eventually inspired a solo piano suite that she called African Sketches, completed in 2004. This second movement of the suite, subtitled Dusk , not only serves as a musical image of the beauty that Nkeiru experienced in Nigeria – it’s also a reflective, musical dedication to the person she notes as her first musical mentor.

Since 2004, Nkeiru has expanded her work into writing for large ensemble, opera, and even theatre, but her beautiful musical depiction of dusk remains a standout in her catalogue, and solidifies her as one of today’s most noteworthy composers.

Noteworthy is a production of WDAV classical public radio.

Pictured: Nkeiru Okoye/Courtesy of the composer