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The term notturno (French nocturne, borrowed into English) is first found in the context of the social light music of the 18th century (Serenade, divertimento, cassation, partita). It indicates the time of day in terms of performance and function of what was generally a musical piece in several movements. The nocturne resembles the serenade in its relation to customs of nocturnal declarations of gallantry and honor. There…

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Schipperges, Thomas, “Notturno”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 May 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024857>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128

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