If you listen to one classical track this month,

let it be Nocturne in E flat Major, by Reynaldo Hahn.

The piece’s blend of melodic sensibility and dreamy romance makes for a refreshing and thoughtful listen. I can’t help but feel that this composition feels like a soundtrack to mundane, everyday human activity, such as waiting at a crosswalk on a busy city street.

Hahn, a Venezuelan born composer, grew up in France, where Nocturne was composed in 1906. Its relaxed yet passionate sound is evocative of this setting where Hahn was living at the time (approximately twelve years after he first met collaborator and lover Marcel Proust).

Stream (track 3) here.

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