Nocturnes

As Halloween approaches, what better time to consider classical music composed for, and about, the night? WRTI’s Susan Lewis sat down with pianist Jeffrey Siegel for insights into the nocturne and other music of the night.

A little night music, please. Actually, there's a lot of it to enjoy on this beautifully conceived and performed two-disc set dedicated to the art of the piano nocturne. The French word means "nocturnal" or "of the night."  Though far from being lullabies, these single movement miniatures typically do begin and end softly and reflectively. But like an evening’s sleep interrupted by a bad dream or bout of insomnia, there is often much restlessness and turmoil within.