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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Definitions for nocturne

  1. Music. a piece appropriate to the night or evening.
  2. Music. an instrumental composition of a dreamy or pensive character.

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Citations for nocturne
Chopin loved the night and its soft mysteries as much as did Robert Louis Stevenson, and his nocturnes are true night pieces, some with agitated, remorseful countenances, others seen in profile only, while many are whisperings at dusk. James Huneker, Chopin: The Man and His Music, 1900
Without the sparkling windows and bright streetlights, the city was now a nocturne of subtle grays and blacks. Allen Hirsch, "Nocturne," New York Times, November 2, 2012
Origin of nocturne
1860-1865
Nocturne can be traced to the Latin root nox meaning "night." The term entered English from French in the mid-1800s.