All That I Am, Endures

Nine Nocturnes for solo piano 

William Neil, composer-pianist

TheComposerStudio.Com presents

The release of All That I Am, Endures:  a recording of Nine Nocturnes for solo piano performed by composer-pianist William Neil

Introducing Nine Nocturnes for solo piano, nine musings on the quiet and stillness that overcame my ordinarily chaotically busy life during the shelter-in-place months in the spring of 2020.  These evocations from the night explore the rich sonorities of nocturnal thought and emotion outside the realm of conscious awareness.  My son, writer, Christopher Neil composed nine haiku reflecting on each of the pieces. Our collaboration has informed the interpretation and performance of these nine miniatures. The words and music embark the listener on a journey that embraces darkness enshrouding our current post-COVID culture, leading the listener to a discovery of inspired endurance.  Please join me on Sunday, October 25th from 1 PM to 2 PM for a special radio free space broadcast program on WDRT in Viroqua, WI, FM 91.9, www.wdrt.ort.  Hypnotist, Gayle Nielsen will share the microphone and will provide an interesting interpretation of the music and poems from a subconscious perspective. 


Nocturne No. 1


Backwards I tumble

Falling once and then again

Dark encircles light.

Nocturne No. 2

Suddenly awake

A worn path winds through dreams where

Time bends in dark space.


Nocturne No. 3

Quietly you touch

Scopes of such lusciousness that

All that I am, endures.

Nocturne No. 4

Breath like a drumbeat

Softly keeping time

I am ghost and soul combined.

Nocturne No. 5

Lying in the dark

While drowning in memories

Is true suffering.

Nocturne No. 6

Enshrouded by night

The dawn, untethered, rises

A soft globe of thought.

Nocturne No. 7

Whisper quiet prayers

Secrets, oaths, and sacred vows:

Alchemy of dreams.

Nocturne No. 8

In an hourglass

Measured time unfolds

Whilst time keeps breathing.

Nocturne No. 9

In elegant bliss

Slumberous reverie yields

Reticent pleasures.

All That I Am, Endures

Nine Nocturnes for solo piano 


Radio Free Space Special Broadcast on WDRT in Viroqua

91.9 FM online.

Sunday, October 25th, 2020, 1PM to 2PM

I’ll host a Radio Free Space program with my guest, Gayle Nielsen, Hypnotist, and Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner.  We’ll hear excerpts from my new recording and discuss the origins of the music from a subconscious perspective. 

Listen the podcast from October 25th, program.

by William Neil, Gayle Nielsen, Christoper Neil


William Neil

William Neil


William Neil’s compositions present the listener with an intense brilliant effect (FANFARE MAGAZINE) and represents contemporary writing at its most intellectual probing  (CHICAGO TRIBUNE).  His extremely characteristic harmonic world  (CLASSICAL CD REVIEW) is fundamental to the unfolding of his music, and the range of sonic experiences (in his music) is astounding (SOUNDBOARD). 

Recent CD releases have featured his music including Out of Darkness Into Light on Ravello Records, Spiritual Adaptation to Higher Altitudes on Mark Masters Recordings and Six Preludes for piano on PnOVA Recordings.   His music will be featured on several live broadcasts on WFMT radio in Chicago in 2019 including his Six Preludes for piano solo by pianist Martin Jones.  In September of 2020, Neil served as an Artist in Residence at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. 

Gayle Nielsen

Gayle Nielsen


Gayle left behind a corporate career in 2002 to engage with her passion for exploring the power and potential of human consciousness. Through the diverse tools of various consciousness technologies, including hypnosis and energetic methods, she assists and educates clients in overcoming obstacles, improving their lives and discovering their true potential.

Christopher Neil

Christopher Neil


Christopher Neil is an aspiring writer and avid lover of Shakespeare. He has an extensive background in theatre arts, achieving his BA in theatre as well as developing a theatre company in Chicago, IL (Oracle Productions, NFP), serving for 11 years as a company member and member of the board of directors. Chris has a deep respect for the art of Haiku, so it was truly a pleasure to have been asked to participate in creating these meaningful nocturnes, elegant and simple, yet powerful in their adherence to the haiku formulae. Chris resides in North Carolina and is currently working on the first draft of a play for the stage.


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