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Nocturne in Classical Style for Flute and String Quartet


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The Nocturne, as a separate title, began with the piano music of John Field (Although there are earlier examples such as Haydn's "Notturni for the King of Naples".) but was popularized by Frederic Chopin. It is a "night piece", a "mood" piece if you will, and I have treated it as such.

This started life in response to a request from Carlos Caicedo-Russi, a fellow member of the Delian Society, for his group in Venezuela which consists of a flute and string quartet. I've kept the style as simple as possible as well as the degree of difficulty, at least in the lower strings. Hence, the "Classical Style" of the title.

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