Definition of nocturne
: a work of art dealing with evening or night; especially : a dreamy pensive composition for the piano — compare aubade 3
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Pace and space We are always told that baseball is the shut-in's friend, the faithful companion of the elderly, the summer nocturne of our golden years.
Moran's pianism — by turns as melodic as a nocturne by Chopin and as explosive as a solo by Cecil Taylor — proved consistently gripping.
Mr. Pollini opened each half of his Chopin program with a pair of nocturnes, in minor and major keys; the F minor, after intermission, was especially fine.
The second of two great septuagenarian pianists passing through New York this week brings with him an all-Chopin program, featuring two sets of nocturnes, a couple of ballades, a scherzo, a berceuse and the third of the composer’s sonatas.
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Origin and Etymology of nocturne
French, adjective, nocturnal, from Latin nocturnus
First Known Use: 1814See Words from the same year
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Definition of nocturne for English Language Learners
: a piece of music especially for the piano that has a soft and somewhat sad melody
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