Nocturne [nok-turn] (Noun) Music.
1. A piece appropriate to the night or evening
2. An instrumental composition of a dreamy or pensive character
Oh how Notturno, or Nocturne, truly captures this dreamy or pensive character! It is almost like I can envision a night-scape being painted as I listen to this music ebb and flow thoughout. Not quite so much like Debussy's Clair de Lune, but it still works a lot like that. Like WDAT, Notturno also has three parts: A beginning and end that are very similar and a middle section that is very different (a bit faster and more technically challenging). So, as I begin to re-learn this piece, I will start in the middle like I did with WDAT.
There are some important musical notations that I would like to briefly define for you in this piece.
Andante means "at a walking pace." This is somewhere between 76 and 108 beats per minute. You'll also notice here that the first part of this piece is in 9/8 time. That means there are nine beats per measure and an eighth note gets one count (or beat).
This is the beginning of the middle section of Notturno and it is set in a different time signature, 6/8 time. That means there are now six beats to a measure and an eighth note gets one count (or beat). Also note that the music says "Piu mosso." This means "more movement" or "faster."
Lastly, in this middle section there are a couple of trills. These are denoted by a "tr" and followed by a squiggly line to indicate approximately how long the trill should last. A trill is when you play two alternating notes very quickly.