Fauré Nocturne no. 4 in E-flat major, Op. 36

Fauré greatly admired the music of Chopin, and was happy to compose in forms and patterns established by the earlier composer. Fauré's nocturnes follow Chopin's model, contrasting serene outer sections with livelier or more turbulent central episodes. The composer's son Philippe commented that the nocturnes "are not necessarily based on rêveries or on emotions inspired by the night. They are lyrical, generally impassioned pieces, sometimes anguished or wholly elegiac." The fourth nocturne (c.1884), dedicated to the Comtesse de Mercy-Argenteau, contrasts a lyrical opening section and an episode in E♭ minor with a sombre theme recalling the tolling of a bell. The first theme returns and is followed by a short coda. The pianist Alfred Cortot, generally a great admirer of Fauré, found the piece "rather too satisfied with its languor."
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Faure - Nocturne No. 4 in E flat, Op. 36

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