Painted Night

three nocturnes for piano

Jack Van Zandt

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three nocturnes for piano

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Composer Jack Van Zandt
Year of Composition 2017
Duration ca.12'

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Catalogue ID ce-jvz1pn1


  1. Nighthawks (Edward Hopper)
  2. Nuit Brumeuse (James Whistler)
  3. La Nuit Étoilée (Vincent Van Gogh)

The composer has always loved these masterpieces depicting nocturnal scenes by three of his favorite artists and has attempted to capture the atmosphere of each of them in his music to create this set of three nocturnes for piano.

Nighthawks (1942) is perhaps Edward Hopper’s (1882-1967) most famous painting, depicting a late night American urban diner from the street outside. American painter James Whistler (1834-1903) made many impressionistic paintings while living in London, including this 1870s twilight scene of Battersea from Chelsea along the River Thames known as Nocturne in Blue and Silver. To distinguish it from other paintings with the same title, the composer has designated it Nuit Brumeuse  or “foggy night.” Van Gogh (1853-1890) painted two pictures with the title La Nuit Étoilée. The one that inspired the third nocturne is the 1888 painting of the starry night over the Rhone River.

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