RTC-32: 1965 Nocturne (revised 1965)

Commission:[CBC?]
Length: 10 min.
Premiere: 1968-02-07, CBC Vancouver Chamber Orch., John Avison (cond.)
Other: 1968-09-08, CBC Vancouver Chamber Orch., John Avison (cond.)n.d., Symphony Nova Scotia
Publication: BMI, 1972
Recording:

  1. Ovation Volume 4, CBC Records, PSCD 2029-4
  2. CBC Vancouver Chamber Orch., John Avison (cond.), Ace of Diamonds SSD 2121
  3. CBC Vancouver Chamber Orch., John Avison (cond.), RCI 334
  4. CBC Vancouver Chamber Orch., John Avison (cond.), ACM 15, 1983

“Robert Turner composed this Nocturne as a piano piece in 1956. Although polytonal, it has a neo-romantic flavour and was inspired by the works of two famous 19th century composers of nocturnes: John Field and Frederic Chopin. The form of the piece is three-part, the first and last somewhat sombre and dramatic in mood, while the middle section is more lyrical and flowing. The work is based on two contrasting tonalities.
In 1965 Dr. Turner made a transcription of the piece for small orchestra and the new version was heard in a CBC broadcast from Vancouver the following year under the direction of John Avison.”

[Ovation 4]