Download 4 free sheet music and scores in format PDF: Britten Notturno Nocturne. Benjamin Britten. Night Piece (Notturno), for piano. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook · twitter · tumblr. One of few Piano Solos composed by Britten, written as a test piece for the very first Leeds Piano Competition. (M) en-GB.
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All the Gods: Benjamin Britten’s Nightpiece in Context
It remains a matter of some surprise that Britten did not write more music for piano solo. This was almost certainly due to his own comfort zone, such as it was, as a pianist himself, as he felt much happier in partnership with Peter Pears or, latterly, Mstislav Rostropovich and, in years to come at the Aldeburgh Festival, Sviatoslav Richter.
Typically, though, Britten did not go for outright virtuoso display as the principal feature of his piece — rather he went for an approach where control and musicianship were the disciplines under scrutiny, again echoing his own role at the piano. The pianist spends the six minutes lost in thought, distracted by louder nocturnal noises in the central semi-cadenza, but with a relatively clear structure to ntturno of these thoughts. It is unusual and refreshing for a competition piece to have less in the way of virtuosity, but the skill of the pianist lies in creating the night time mood and maintaining it, even as the dynamics grow quieter.
What we have as a result is a piece that is ideal to hear before drifting notturno to sleep — soft and largely comforting, but with that minor worry at the back of the head that you might still be awake in an hour or so! There are few recordings of the Night Piecebut each of these examples are extremely good — and you could not go wrong with either Anthony Goldstone, Stephen Hough or Michael Dussek, both of whom exhibit excellent pedal control as well as lightly brushed melodic phrases.
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Recordings used Stephen Hough piano Virgin Classics Michael Dussek piano Hyperion Anthony Goldstone piano Divine Art There are few recordings of the Night Piecebut each of these examples are extremely good — and you could not go wrong with either Anthony Goldstone, Stephen Hough or Michael Dussek, both of whom exhibit excellent pedal control as well as lightly brushed melodic motturno.
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Night Piece (Notturno), for piano