The Russian late romanticist Georgy Catoire published his Quatre Morceaux, Op. 12 in 1901. Here I’ve posted No. 1, the “Chant du soir”. This is just that, a song of evening, not a nocturne per se, as there is also a nocturne included in the set. This “Chant” begins with a simple, plaintive and searching motif, but as the piece develops, there are some rapturous moments too. It draws to a lovely close with one of Catoire’s signature codas. This piece in one way reminds me of the Mendelssohn Songs without Words in that its very simplicity is its supreme difficulty. A mistake becomes all too apparent and the pianist has no place to hide within the thin textures while performing this music. I do hope you’ll enjoy hearing it! The piano was tuned yesterday, and it may sound a bit sharp to you. It is. In the northern winters, the cold temperatures pull down the relative humidity as well, and tunings tend to slide flat. A useful strategy is to tune sharp to counteract that tendency. I hope by the end of March the piano can return to A440, as that its best voice. Piano: Baldwin Model L Artist Grand (6’3”) with lid raised on the singer prop. Recorder: Korg MR-1000 Mics: Matched pair of Earthworks TC20 small diaphragm, omni-directional condenser mics in A-B configuration Comments welcome! Catoire - Quatre Morceaux, Op. 12, No. 1, "Chant du soir"