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How have composers been inspired by the night-time?
Since we are spending more and more time in the dark these days, Catherine Bott poses the question, 'How have composers been inspired by the night-time?'
There's music from the inventor of the 'nocturne' - the Irish composer John Field - as well as nocturnes from Mendelssohn, Howard Blake, Anton Rubinstein, Humperdinck and the master of the genre, Chopin.
There's also a spookily sinister night to contend with, courtesy of Mussorgsky, and a seasonally relevant Silent Night.