noc·​turne | \ ˈnäk-ˌtərn How to pronounce nocturne (audio) \

Definition of nocturne

: a work of art dealing with evening or night especially : a dreamy pensive composition for the piano — compare aubade sense 3

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Douglas Brenner: Your flow of rich, moody colors from room to room reminds me of the paintings Whistler called nocturnes, or harmonies. Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Alexander Doherty on Creating a Colorful Manhattan Apartment with Character," 2 Nov. 2012 This made the opening nocturne feel more contained, less disquieting, than when a soloist and conductor dig deeper into its brooding depths. John Von Rhein,, "Kavakos offers impeccable Shostakovich with CSO, but gutsy passion in short supply," 9 Mar. 2018 The James Reinish booth is blanketed with works by artists exhibited by Alfred Stieglitz, including his own photographs, a small, excellent, nearly abstract nocturne by Georgia O’Keeffe and a 1908 tribute to Cezanne’s bathers by Abraham Walkowitz. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "ADAA: A Fair to Remember Starts a Month of Art Show Madness," 1 Mar. 2018 Four arrangements of the fanfare are included on the album: the theme, prelude, nocturne and the full fanfare. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Recordings of 'Fanfare for Lake Country' now available," 23 Jan. 2018 The back-to-back solos, each set to a Chopin nocturne and choreographed 30 years apart, serve as the choreographer’s memoir, a gaze at his whole career and signature movement aesthetic in less than 10 minutes. Lauren Warnecke,, "In rare performance, choreographer Doug Varone takes to stage along with his dancers at Columbia," 9 Feb. 2018 Varone makes a rare appearance to perform a retrospective of his career in two solos set to Chopin nocturnes. Lauren Warnecke,, "Baryshnikov dancing at the Harris? No, 'Brodsky' is something different," 30 Jan. 2018 Old First Concerts: Rosso Rose Duo Alisa Rose and Amy Zanrosso are joined by special guest pianist Ian Scarfe in a program of nocturnes by Copland, Cage, Medtner, Chopin, Ravel, Crumb, Ogerman, Rose, Szymanowski and Schnittke. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Classical music and dance listings," 2 Nov. 2017 Wright's early portraits on one wall bear little resemblance to the dark blue nocturnes on another wall. Susan Dunne,, "Eclectic Work Of Greenwich Artist Dmitri Wright At Mattatuck," 25 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nocturne

1814, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nocturne

borrowed from French, noun derivative of nocturne "of the night," going back to Middle French, borrowed from Latin nocturnus — more at nocturnal

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The first known use of nocturne was in 1814

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English Language Learners Definition of nocturne

: a piece of music especially for the piano that has a soft and somewhat sad melody

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