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A Constellation of Nocturnes

A Constellation of Nocturnes

Beacon Hill, Boston

Fri, October 7, 2022 6:30 PM, EDT

10 of 25 spots still available
Vaccine policy
COVID vaccination required (honor system)
Testing policy
COVID testing not required
This is an indoor event
Mask policy
Masks are not required
Greeter checks
Greeter will confirm safety precautions
If you feel sick, stay home
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks
Wheelchair access
Not wheelchair accessible
Kid-friendly event

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A live concert in a living room, backyard, or another intimate space. They're casual and friendly, hosted by community members.


Where everyone may recognize the delicate tones of a Chopin Nocturne, similarly titled pieces by other composers are less well known. Come hear nocturnes by Field (who is the originator of this title), Liszt, Fauré, and of course, Chopin - performed by Sam Partyka, who will also present his own addition to to the genre.

With the Nocturne, composers are invited to pen their subtlest musical imaginings. Where Field's nocturnes owe their inspiration to the duetto notturno of opera (e.g. "Nuit paisible et sereine" from Béatrice et Bénedict by Berlioz) in which two women sing to an orchestral accompaniment, others may have less tangible origins, Sam invites us to listen for a visit from Calliopeia, the descent of the Holy Spirit, the mists of a dream coalescing and dissolving, the church bells stirring the stillness of night before dawn.


Wine and Cheese will be provided, commencing at 6:30pm. Feel free to bring your favorite beverage.

Parking is limited on Beacon Hill. Parking is available in Boston Common Garage on Charles St. Nearest T stops are Charles/MGH (Red) & Arlington (Green)

What's the music?

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Two nocturnes by John Field, in B-flat major and E minor
Three nocturnes by Chopin, Op. 15
A nocturne in E major written by the pianist
Liebestraum #3 and Les Cloches de Genève by Liszt
Three nocturnes by Fauré, Op. 33


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