nocturne


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nocturne \Noc*turne"\, n. [F. See Nocturn.] (Mus.)
   A night piece, or serenade. The name is now used for a
   certain graceful and expressive form of instrumental
   composition, as the nocturne for orchestra in Mendelsohn's
   "Midsummer-Night's Dream" music.
   [1913 Webster]
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