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notturno

[nuh-too r-noh, noh-; Italian nawt-too r-naw] /nəˈtʊər noʊ, noʊ-; Italian nɔtˈtʊər nɔ/
noun, plural notturni
[nuh-too r-nee, noh-; Italian nawt-too r-nee] /nəˈtʊər ni, noʊ-; Italian nɔtˈtʊər ni/ (Show IPA).
Music.
1.
an 18th-century composition for chamber orchestra, similar to a serenade or a divertimento.
2.
Origin of notturno
< Italian: of the night < Latin nocturnus. See nocturn
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  • notturno for piano and violoncello, in D major (from Op. 8); pub.

  • It is full of the grace of a notturno, of the secret grief of hopeless love.

    Massimilla Doni Honore de Balzac
  • The next piece will be Chopin's notturno in E flat; for your touch has already gained in fulness, and is now unobjectionable.

    Piano and Song Friedrich Wieck

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