The thirteen Nocturnes represent the most important group of piano pieces in Fauré's work.
If the term "nocturnal" traditionally refers to John Field and Frédéric Chopin, the French composer transforms the genre in his own way: no dreamy night scenes but glittering compositions, meticulously elaborated, oscillating between elegant lyricism and passionate dramatism. It was in 1894, during a summer stay in his parents-in-law's house, that Fauré wrote his sixth Nocturne, by far the most famous and well-known of the series with its strong contrasts of tempo, metric and harmony.
After completing it, the composer notes in a letter: "Modern piano music a bit interesting is extremely rare" - obviously enough reason for him to enrich the repertoire of Nocturne op. 63.