NOCTURNE for cello, piano and percussion (1993)

"The other work of this (extraordinary) quality is Peter Lieuwen’s Nocturne. Night is depicted as the home of nightmares as well as repose. The cello line moves through assorted mysterious accompaniments by the piano and pitched percussion until, taking the lead, the piano moves the listener into a place where danger lurks. As the work moves through its symmetrical course, the middle section portrays the terrors of night before subsiding back into the more usual emotional states one associates with the title. That all of this is accomplished within the confines of largely tonal writing with very little in the way of special effects is especially impressive."