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Nocturne was inspired by the poem "I Love Thee" by Eliza Acton (1799-1859). Although best known as a pioneering cookbook author in Victorian England, she also wrote expressive lyrical poetry: conjuring wistful and evocative imagery through uncomplicated means. On the surface her poem is a celebration of all things nocturnal and beautiful: starlight, the smell of jasmine, a lonely songbird heralding the close of day. What makes it particularly potent, however, is the undercurrent of intimacy that, because of the restraint expected of Victorian women, had to be deflected through metaphor. These intense longings are heightened by the poem's nocturnal setting, which transports us to the deepest hours of the night, when our passions are at their highest. My Nocturne is thus a musical translation of her poem--an evocation of our heightened sense of romance in those evening hours.

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