Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1961, award-winning American composer Edward Knight started his musical training at the age of two with his grandmother, a concert pianist.
Knight has written about twenty chamber works, nine of which are for the piano and other instruments. Each of these nine chamber works with the piano is introduced chronologically in an annotated bibliography in Chapter Two. The author explores Knight’s musical characteristics and compositional styles regarding the length, year of composition, premiere performance, commissions, dedications, musical style and structure, and significance.
In Chapters Three and Four, the author examines thoroughly Edward Knight’s new work, Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon, for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano. Based on a popular Korean legend, Kyun-woo and Jiknyeo (Korean title: $%&'()), Knight paints this love story vividly with his unique musical language utilizing the distinct sounds and characters of the four different instruments, but without incorporating any Korean influences. This five-movement work is full of youthful energy, romanticism, descriptive and vivid images of the story, and theatrical elements in a well-organized and cohesive structure.