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1812

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

Concert overture, op. 49 (1880), by Tchaikovsky; written for the Moscow Exhibition, it commemorates Napoleon's retreat from Moscow in 1812 and incorporates La Marseillaise and the Tsarist...

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Nocturne

Maurice J.E. Brown.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Musical Form. 977 words.

(Fr.; Ger. Nachtstück)

A piece suggesting night, usually quiet and meditative in character, but not invariably so. The Italian term Notturno occurs frequently as a title in...

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Octet

Michael Kube.

in Oxford Music Online

January 2001; p ublished online January 2001 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Musical Form. 599 words.

(Fr. octette, octuor; Ger. Oktett; It. ottetto)

By analogy with the sextet, septet and nonet, the term ‘octet’, first used at the beginning of the 19th century, denotes a...

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