A short composition of a romantic nature, typically for piano.
‘If piano students are playing Mozart and Haydn sonatas, Chopin nocturnes and Debussy preludes, they certainly are capable of playing some chamber music repertoire.’
A picture of a night scene.
‘For the most part, his early paintings are nocturnes in the style of Whistler.’
Origin: Mid 19th century French, from Latin nocturnus ‘of the night’.
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