Piano performance has always been a part of my life. For a while, I was disconnected with it due to the unexpected public health crisis and various other issues in my personal life. This “Notturno” by Edvard Grieg was the piece to get me back on a stage, after four years. As a result, it is very close to my heart. This piece brings to mind nostalgia, like you’re remembering a fond memory, though slightly fuzzy due to time.  Although I am sure I drove my family mad playing this piece over and over, I always enjoy hearing it again.

Romantic pieces have always been a favorite of mine, mostly Chopin, Schumann, and now, Grieg. Notturno is a unique piece, almost feeling impressionistic at times. Grieg’s unique Norwegian style makes this piece even more entertaining to hear. I very much enjoyed learning and playing it, even if it made me want to throw something at times. The payoff was certainly worth it.

The first time I heard this piece, I wanted to master it. The unique rhythm and flowing melodies drew me to it. The piece provides much opportunity for expression. My recommendation for anyone who wants to learn this piece is to take it slow. The notes themselves aren’t difficult, but the rhythm can be frustrating. Each section is equally important and interesting, and it makes for a beautiful narrative that is rewarding to conquer.

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
18 days ago

What a treat, Lola, for you to introduce one of the loveliest of the Grieg pieces to a wider audience. It’s obvious that you love this piece and that you love to perform. I also love this piece, especially the part that slowly moves into a trill – it sounds like the night call of a bird. Since this is a Nocturne, that is very appropriate, isn’t it? You can be proud of this wonderful presentation!

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
11 days ago

I felt the romantic influence in this piece so strongly… like a love affair with all the ups and downs. Beautifully played.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
8 days ago

Hello, Lola. It was romantic and best for a serenade. Well played.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
4 days ago
Reply to  Lola Mestas

You are welcome, Lola.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
6 days ago

Hello, Lola, what a lovely piece of music and so beautifully played. I agree with Julie’s comment about the trill sounding like the call of a bird. This piece certainly covers an extensive range of notes, I can imagine it being quite exhausting to practise to get it to perfection. Well done.

Annika Joshi
Annika Joshi(@annika-joshi)
6 days ago

Thank you so much for introducing this beautiful piece to me! I loved your interpretation and the image you chose to represent it – It brought so many lovely images to my mind!

Yash Mehta
Yash Mehta(@yash-mehta)
2 days ago

I love how you mastered the rhythm and the dynamics were just amazing.

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