nocturne, (French: “Nocturnal”), in music, a composition inspired by, or evocative of, the night, and cultivated in the 19th century primarily as a character piece for piano.
A nocturne is a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night.
Although they evolved in line with Chopin's style, the nocturnes possess a number of constant features. They are typified by a tuneful and ornamented melody, with a left-hand accompaniment based on flat or broken chords.
Nocturnes were brief piano works that were inspired by the night. It was Chopin who brought them to their Romantic fruition as a single-movement character piece for the piano. When it was transcribed for other instruments, the violinists brought nocturnes to their romantic highlight.
Definition of nocturne
: a work of art dealing with evening or night especially : a dreamy pensive composition for the piano — compare aubade sense 3.
étude, (French: “study”) in music, originally a study or technical exercise, later a complete and musically intelligible composition exploring a particular technical problem in an esthetically satisfying manner.
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Although "Claire de Lune" from Suite Bergamasque subjectively evokes the intimate nocturne "sound world", piano nocturnes exist as stand alone pieces completely unrelated to larger works; such as the suite or sonata.
9 No. 2" actually connotes as well as what it denotes. Op. = "Opus," (literally "work") tells us which one in the numbered catalog of his works the piece is. Opus 9 happens to be a collection of Nocturnes.
History. The polonaise is a stately Polish processional dance, performed by couples who walk around the dance hall; the music is in triple meter and moderate tempo.
“Op.” is short for “Opus”, meaning “work”, and it numbers the composer's works in chronological order. Op. 95 is the composer's 95th composition.
prelude, musical composition, usually brief, that is generally played as an introduction to another, larger musical piece. The term is applied generically to any piece preceding a religious or secular ceremony, including in some instances an operatic performance.
Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op.
It is written in ternary form; after the primary theme, the secondary theme starts in measure 19, followed by a modified version of the primary theme in measure 70.
Nocturne. Meaning "Night Pieces", written throughout Chopin's career.
Break 'nocturnes' down into sounds: [NOK] + [TURNZ] - say it out loud and exaggerate the sounds until you can consistently produce them.
The tempo marking on this piece has always puzzled me. A tempo of about 25 bpm, which "feels right" to me (and is typical of most performers—see below), is half the tempo Chopin indicated.
mazurka, Polish mazurek, Polish folk dance for a circle of couples, characterized by stamping feet and clicking heels and traditionally danced to the music of a village band. The music is in 3/4 or 3/8 time with a forceful accent on the second beat.
The polonaise is a Polish dance and is one of the five historic national dances of Poland. The others are the Mazurka (Mazur), Kujawiak, Krakowiak and Oberek, last three being old folk dances.
Works for solo piano come in many different genres including the etude, prelude, polonaise, nocturne, mazurka, waltz, ballade, and scherzo. Some of the greatest composers for solo piano include Scriabin, Chopin, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff.
Nocturne Opus 9, No. 2 has a time signature of 12/8 meaning that there are 12 quaver beats per bar. The nocturne opens with a legato melody. Chopin's Nocturne Opus 9, No.
If you've seen the movie Tombstone, there is a scene where Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday plays Chopin's Nocturne No. 19 in a saloon.
The original title of Clair de Lune was actually Promenade sentimentale (Sentimental stroll), after a different Verlaine poem from an 1866 collection called Paysages tristes (Sad Landscapes).
Whether an intentional nod or no by Google, “Clair de Lune” was memorably used in Fellini's 1983 film “And the Ship Sails On” — as mourning friends board a luxury liner (and — yes, yes — a lovable journalist invokes comics).