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John Field is credited as the true 'inventor' of the Nocturne. After experimenting with other names such as Pastorale, Serenade, and Romance, he settled on “Nocturne” when his first one was published in 1812. Field’s Nocturne follows no known form, nor does it develop a given theme. Instead, it sets up a mood and atmosphere of tenderness and dreaminess combined with a continuous flow of beautiful melody that appeals directly to the listener's willingness to share an emotion, mostly of consoled sadness.

Field's Nocturnes greatly influenced Chopin, who absorbed
 the emotional characteristics of the Nocturne style and used them to create his own unique expressive compositions.

Complete recording by Mark Nodine

Recorded in 2014
1Nocturne No. 1 in E-flat Major, H 244:14
2Nocturne No. 2 in C minor, H 254:35
3Nocturne No. 3 in A-flat Major, H 263:06
4Nocturne No. 4 in A Major, H 365:00
5Nocturne No. 5 in B-flat Major, H 373:03
6Nocturne No. 6 in F Major, H 404:48
7Nocturne No. 7 in C Major, H 455:51
8Nocturne No. 8 in A Major, H 144:04
9Nocturne No. 9 in E-flat Major, H 303:04
10Nocturne No.10 in E minor, H 463:24
11Nocturne No.11 in E-flat Major, H 563:55
12Nocturne No.12 in G Major, H 583:07
13Nocturne No.13 in D minor, H 593:22
14Nocturne No.14 in C Major, H 607:18
15Nocturne No.15 in C Major, H 613:10
16Nocturne No.16 in F Major, H 624:26
17Nocturne No.17 in E Major, H 138:54
18Nocturne No.18 in E Major, H 544:48

Nocturne No.1 in E Flat Major4:41
Hart, M.
Nocturne No.5 in B Flat Major3:21
Hart, M.
Nocturne No.5 in B Flat Major2:50Hopwood, M.
Nocturne No.9 in E Minor3:03
Hopwood, M.
Nocturne No.15 in D Minor
Hart, M.

Jan 7, 2016
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