Near the end of his career, Erik Satie wrote five pieces for piano designated as nocturnes. Contrary to most of his oeuvre, these five pieces lack the satire, wit, and non-conformity Satie usually exhibited. Still, they are unmistakably Satie: soothing,floating, and very French. This work is a straightforward arrangement of Satie’s 4th piano nocturne that maintains the enchanting dance-like character of the original work while shifting the musical lines among the instrument families to exploit the vast variety of orchestral timbres and dynamics. 4th NOCTURNE is suited for the concert hall among a program of impressionist or French music, an exploration of lesser known works, or wherever a charming and brief movement would be fitting.
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