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Saturday, December 6, 2014 Permalink

The Nocturne Connection

"Nocturne" (1878) by American artist James McNeill Whistler


A famous orchestral work by Debussy (inspired by a Whistler painting) and an equally famous piano piece by Chopin sound worlds apart, and yet both bear the title . . . “Nocturne.”

Obviously, these two composers have very different ideas about the meaning of the word—and so have many others, as we’ll hear in this hour as we explore the Nocturne from Mozart to Copland—and beyond.


CD Title Catalog # UPC
Debussy Orchestral Works Philips 438 742-2 028943874229
Chopin Nocturnes Nonesuch 979233-2 075597923322
Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Telarc CD-80108 089408010828
Field: Nocturnes Telarc CD-80199 089408019920
A Gentle Prelude to Sleep (‘Moonlight’ Sonata) Philips 464 852-2   028944648522
Sophie Cashell: Debut (Liszt Liebestraum) Universal 476 6459 028947664598
Faure Piano Music Brilliant Classics BLC 93007 028947664598
The RomanticString Quartets [Borodin] Deutsche Grammophon DGG E4455512 028944555127:
Copland: Billy the Kid/Rodeo EMI CDC 7 47382 2 0094638149828
Barber: Works for Solo Piano Chandos CHAN 9177 095115917725
Palomo: Andalusian Nocturnes Naxos 8.557135 747313213528

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