Felix Mendelssohn wrote his Overture (Op. 21) for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 1826 when he was just 17 years old, to great acclaim. Sixteen years later in 1842 he completed the score for the play (op. 61) to include his famous Wedding March and this gorgeous Nocturne which celebrates summer, marriage, fairies, nature and dreams.
CLICK TO PRINT A Midsummer Night’s Dream NOCTURNE
If you have used my Upper Hands Piano method books for adults over 50, you played the first page of my Nocturne arrangement in Book 4. However I have now expanded that arrangement to include some extra harmonies and the 2nd section of theme.
This is an intermediate arrangement. Beginners can play the top note in the treble staff- that is the melody line.
For the original sheet music click below:
I hope you are enjoying the increased hours of daylight! The summer solstice (and longest day of the year) is June 20th this year, and Midsummer Night is traditionally celebrated on June 23rd. If you start practicing today, you can play this Nocturne then!
Are you becoming more social after being vaccinated? I am loving getting together with friends and family I haven’t seen since March. There is so much joy in the ordinary pleasures of life. I am continuing to do porch concerts with neighbors and can feel that I am getting better at playing my accordion. I just got my piano tuned and am enjoying playing through this Nocturne as well as some old jazz standards I’ve wanted to learn. What are you playing right now? What are you struggling with in your music? Please leave us a comment, question or observation?!!
Have you been playing the Exercises in Thirds I recently posted? I’ve heard from a few students and piano teachers that the exercises are really helping students play with increased skill and speed, so I hope you will check them out!
Happy June, and have a happy, healthy summer. With love and music, Gaili
Author, Upper Hands Piano: A Method for Adults 50+ to Spark the Mind, Heart and Soul
4 Replies to “June Free Sheet Music: Nocturne from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
thank you for also making the original available!
You’re so welcome! I will always offer the original sheet music when it is available 🙂
the link for hallelujah on Amazon is not working. can you help?
Hi Veronica- I’m not sure what you mean. I have books available on Amazon but not pieces. If you are wanting my arrangement for Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah I can’t give it away for free because it is not in the public domain. If you are wanting Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus I can send you that. Send me an email at email@example.com to let me know what you need. Thanks! Gaili