Talk:Nocturne (Britten)

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Article name[edit]

This article should be moved to Nocturne for tenor, seven obbligato instruments and strings.

Michael Bednarek (talk) 04:07, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

In my opinion, it should be moved to Nocturne (Britten), currently a redirect.
Compare Introduction and Allegro (Ravel), which is not Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet and String Quartet. -- Jack of Oz [your turn] 04:19, 26 March 2012 (UTC)
No objections. This will require action at Wikipedia:Requested moves. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 06:08, 26 March 2012 (UTC)
OK. See below -- Jack of Oz [your turn] 11:04, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: moved to Nocturne (Britten). Favonian (talk) 11:06, 5 April 2012 (UTC)


Nocturne for tenor, seven obbligato instruments and stringsNocturne (Britten) – The title of the piece is simply "Nocturne". The other words in the current title specify the forces involved but they are not an essential part of the title. Compare Introduction and Allegro (Ravel), where the forces (harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet) are listed in the article but do not form part of the title. -- Jack of Oz [your turn] 11:04, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

  • Support – see above. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 12:02, 26 March 2012 (UTC)
  • Question – what does Wikipedia:Naming conventions (music) suggest here? ENeville (talk) 21:01, 2 April 2012 (UTC)
    • It says "use the most common form of the name". Sometimes it's spelt out in full, but here are some places where just the short name is used - [1], [2], [3], [4]. It's clear that they expect their readers to know without further explanation what this "Nocturne" is all about, and what its forces are. He wrote no other piece of music with this title, so there's no disambiguatory issue. -- Jack of Oz [your turn] 23:30, 2 April 2012 (UTC)
  • Support per nom. ENeville (talk) 00:52, 5 April 2012 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Gerald English's claim[edit]

Gerald English's name is associated with a "premiere" of this work with Sir John Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra (see [5]).

It certainly can't be the world premiere, which was by Pears with the BBC SO under Schwarz.

It may have been the Australian premiere, as I think the Hallé toured here in the early 1950s (too early) and maybe at other times when Barbirolli was still alive (after his death they toured in 1981 under James Loughran). Barbirolli definitely conducted in Australia not with the Hallé, but I cannot confirm he ever conducted the Hallé Orchestra in Australia.

I'm thinking the claim may refer to the world premiere recording, perhaps, although I know Pears and Britten recorded it in 1959, the year after the WP performance and I always assumed theirs was the WP recording. Also, I can find no confirmation that Barbirolli ever recorded the Nocturne at all.

It may just have been the first time the Hallé ever performed the work. Hardly a huge peg on which to hang one's hat.

Does anyone know what the Gerald English claim actually refers to? -- ♬ Jack of Oz[your turn] 03:06, 31 May 2012 (UTC)