Category Archives: Nocturne – A Little Night Music

A Miscelleny of Nocturnes

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 … Continue reading

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Ravel – Gaspard de la Nuit

As a child, I was fascinated by the cover art of this record from my parents’ LP collection, as well as by the musical works on the disc, including Gaspard de la Nuit. Especially Ondine.  Ondine Aloysius Bertrand (1807-1841 ) …I … Continue reading

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Nocturnes – Poulenc

Unlike most nocturnes,  Poulenc’s set of eight nocturnes forms a cycle, with the final one serving as a coda (Nocturne pour servir de coda au cycle). They were composed at intervals between 1929 and 1938, and published separately at first. … Continue reading

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Fauré – Nocturne No 3 in A Flat Major

Today, November 4th, 2014, marks the ninetieth year after Fauré’s death; an appropriate time to write about his contribution to the Nocturne genre. There are thirteen of them, composed throughout his career from 1875 to 1922, from Opus 33 to … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata – Movements 2 and 3

So how to follow the brooding darkness of the first movement of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ sonata? Transpose the final RH chord up an octave, transpose it into a major key – D flat major – change the metre to a graceful … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata, Movement 1

  Words fail me. Continuing this series of posts on works with nocturnal associations, and looking for a complementary image, I came across the one above – a facsimile of the Autograph of the third movement of Beethoven’s Sonata quasi … Continue reading

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Night Pieces – Peter Sculthorpe (1929 – 2014)

A sad day for Australian music; composer Peter Sculthorpe has died, aged 85. It seems an appropriate day to continue my investigation of music with nocturnal associations by writing about his ‘Night Pieces’ of 1971. The suite of  consists of … Continue reading

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