nocturnes

nocturne

[nok-turn]
noun Music.
1.
a piece appropriate to the night or evening.
2.
an instrumental composition of a dreamy or pensive character.

Origin:
1860–65; < French nocturne. See nocturn

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nocturne (ˈnɒktɜːn)
 
n
1.  a short, lyrical piece of music, esp one for the piano
2.  a painting or tone poem of a night scene

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nocturne
1862, "composition of a dreamy character," from Fr. nocturne, lit. "composition appropriate to the night," noun use of O.Fr. nocturne "nocturnal," from L. nocturnus (see nocturnal). Said to have been coined c.1814 by John Field, who wrote many of them, in a style that
Chopin mastered in his own works, which popularized the term.
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