Friday, February 18, 2011

Nocturne: What Is It?

A Nocturne is a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night. In it's most familiar form it is a single-movement character piece usually written for solo piano. Nocturnes are generally thought of as being tranquil, often expressive and lyrical, and sometimes rather gloomy.

The most famous composer of the form was Frederic Chopin, who wrote 21 of them:

Chopin's Nocturne in E Flat Major Op. 9 No. 2 is one of his most popular Nocturne’s. He composed this piece when he was approximately twenty years old and like much of Chopin's music, this Nocturne is tinged with melancholy.

While Rapp refers to Chopin in his play the Nocturne he references most is a much more obscure piece by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. While Grieg is a well-known composer for many of his pieces his more obscure Nocturne (or Notturno) can be found amongst his collection of piano miniatures called the Lyric Pieces:

This extraordinary and beautiful piece of music along with other classical and contemporary references underscore the play creating some truly beautiful moments courtesy of our amazing sound and lighting designers.

I hope you will all come out to share in the magic!

~Sabrina Evertt,
Artistic Producer

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