Suddenly I realized that I like every piece of music which has the word “nocturne” in its title. Alongside Chopin Mozart, John Field, Gabriel Fauré, Alexander Scriabin, Erik Satie, Francis Poulenc, as well as Peter Sculthorpe and of course many others composed numerous nocturnes over time. What provoked me to post this is actually an anecdote which involves Chopin and Liszt: Liszt was playing one of Chopin’s nocturnes and was improvizing according to the tradition of that time. However, Chopin did not like seeing his work altered. Then he challenged Liszt by improvizing for hours in the dark of the night without being able to see the keys of the piano. Afterwards Liszt was struck and he embraced Chopin by saying that his friend was a true poet, whilst he himself was an equilibrist. I found this story particularly interesting, so I decided to brief you about it.

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