Nocturne(i) (Fr.; Ger. Nachtstück)
- Maurice J.E. Brown
- and Kenneth L. Hamilton
A piece suggesting night, usually quiet and meditative in character, but not invariably so. The Italian term Notturno occurs frequently as a title in 18th-century music, but the French form of the word was not used until John Field applied it to some lyrical piano pieces written between about ...