for chamber choir a cappella 20 voices (revised 2007)

Leonard Enns
Leonard Enns
Composition Date: 2005
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Mixed chorus
Programme Note:
Nocturne was commissioned by the Guelph Spring Festival through the support of the Ontario Arts Council. Nocturne is mainly gentle throughout, expanding to a twenty-part 'night sky'? section near the end, before the final regretful acknowledgment that while we are clothed in our mortal 'vesture of decay'? we cannot hear the true harmony of the ideal world.
I tried to recreate, in the music, a moment of engaged, energized, near-magical reality - the closest picture I have of this is stars playing hide and seek with the curtains of northern lights on a prairie winter night (not what the bard had in mind, I expect!). In the end of course, this is to be a metaphor and not simply an aural picture - here's a place to which we can go; how do we get there?


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6000 E59noc 2007
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), A Capella
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 21, 2007
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Additional Information:
  • SATB Choir (20 part divisi)

    Text by William Shakespeare
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