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John McCabe

Publisher: Novello & Co

Nocturnal for Piano Quintet (1966)
commissioned by the Park Lane Group
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Small Ensemble (2-6 players)
Year Composed
1966
Duration
13 Minutes
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Programme Note
John McCabe Nocturnal for Piano Quintet (1966)
The title of this work is a reference to John Donne's poem A Nocturnal upon St Lucie's Day, the mood of which is reflected in the quintet. It falls into several movements, played without a break: Introduction (Andante), setting forth the main thematic ideas of the music; Nocturne 1 (Allegro vivo), an agitated, virtuoso, scherzo-like section; a tripartite central part of the work consisting of two Cadenzas framing a brief Interlude, the first Cadenza being largely for strings, the second mainly for piano, and the Interlude harking back to the feeling of the Introduction; Nocturne 2 (Andante molto), a slow piece gradually building to a unison theme on strings accompanied by a tolling piano background. This dies down to lead to an Epilogue, ending with a final reference to the work's opening bars.

Nocturnal was commissioned by the Park Lane Group, London, and first performed by the Lancaster University Ensemble.

© 1991 John McCabe

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