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Nocturne(i) (Fr.; Ger. Nachtstück)locked

  • Maurice J.E. Brown
  •  and Kenneth L. Hamilton

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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 ...

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