Passion or necessity- or the often uneasy combination of the two-determines the place of music in each of these lives. And in one way or another, music delivers each of them a moment of reckoning: sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, sometimes just eluding their grasp.
Nocturnes is a collection of short stories about music and nightfall. My favorite stories were Crooner and Nocturne.
Crooner is told from a local musician's point of view who recognizes an American singer sitting at a cafe in Venice. The singer is there on a trip with his wife - one last hurrah. To stage a successful comeback the singer and his wife must separate. The local musician accompanies the singer one night as he serenades his wife one last time.
Nocturne actually is a continuation of the Crooner story. The wife and another jazz musician meet in a hotel while recovering from plastic surgery. They explore the hotel at night and listen to music together.
All the stories in this collection involve some type of couple either married already or not. None of the stories really have happy endings though. They are well written and easy to read. Very enjoyable!