Nachtmusik

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A nocturne (from the French which meant nocturnal, from Latin nocturnus) is usually a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night. Historically, nocturne is a very old term applied to night Offices and, since the Middle Ages, to divisions in the canonical hour of Matins.

The name nocturne was first applied to pieces in the eighteenth century, when it indicated an ensemble piece in several movements, normally played for an evening party and then laid aside. Sometimes it carried the Italian equivalent, notturno, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's quadraphonic Notturno in D, K.286, written for four lightly echoing separated ensembles of paired horns with strings, and his Serenata Notturna, K. 239. At this time, the piece was not necessarily evocative of the night, but might merely be intended for performance at night, much like a serenade.

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  • Art Alert: Japanese violinist brings new 'Little Night Music' to Falaki Theatre
    Opening the Cairo Contemporary Music Days 2014, Japanese violinist Takao Hyakutome will perform on 13 April works by Egyptian and international composers, premiering Baltakas’ Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in Egypt Read more on this news related to 'Nachtmusik'
  • Hit Songs Both Modern And Classic Added To Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
    New tracks for Harmonix’s upcoming Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Kinect game have been announced. Harmonix is using music from composers both modern and classic. The tracks include: “In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel “Feel Good Inc.” – Gorillaz “Forget You” – Cee Lo Green “Rocket Man” – Elton John “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” – Wolfgang Am Read more on this news related to 'Nachtmusik'

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