Nocturne. Original For Flute and Clarinet Duet with Piano


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The name Nocturne (meaning “of the night”) was originally an ensemble piece in the 18th century in several movements used for for evening parties. Later In the 19thc it’s one movement form, it was adopted by John Field and later popularised by Chopin. It generally has a tranquil lyrical melody and is very romantic and expressive.

I have tried to keep these elements in this Nocturne. Written here for Flute and Clarinet Duet with Piano, the parts are equally divided. Highest note top G flute (once). It is written in the key of concert C minor it has a very gentle opening with harmonies evolving around a cycle of 5th’s in places. The piece has three definite sections- the lyrical melody to begin with, a middle section building to a climax before a return to the 1st section. This is followed by a transitional contrasting section (poco piu mosso) wandering through a few keys to settle on an “inner pedal” tonic note chime. Gentle chords restore the opening once more- this opening theme climaxes towards the end and a gentle reflection of the opening bars concludes the piece.

 It is 4 mins 20 in length and the Price is for the full score and parts.

I have set it to intermediate level, but the youtube link has the full score for you to assess suitability.

Versions for Flute Duet, Violin Duet and Solo Piano are also available.

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Classical Period, Instructional, Modern Classical, Wedding

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