31st December 2014. Another year has passed, another topic explored. Thank you, dear Reader, for joining me on a nocturnal journey through the piano repertoire. We’ve looked at and/or listened to Nocturnes by Field, Czerny, Chopin, Pleyel, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Liszt, Fauré, Poulenc and Barber, and investigated music with nocturnal associations by Beethoven, Ravel and Sculthorpe.
There are so many more works to discover; here are just a few.
Grieg’s charming, short Notturno Op 54 No 4 features two trilling nightingales –
Britten’s Notturno was written for the Leeds International Piano Competition –
-and Scriabin’s Nocturne Op 9 No 2 is for the left hand alone.
And for music with nocturnal associations, I’m rather fond of Debussy’s Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir, from his Préludes I
Then there’s Bartok’s Musiques Nocturnes from his Out of Doors Suite.
In 2011 Liszt had the last word; in 2012 it was Debussy, and in 2013 Britten. But in 2014 I’m going to give the last word to Respighi, whose Notturno from 6 Pieces No 3 of 1904 is an undiscovered gem –
And I wish you all a happy 2015.