This arrangement for solo piano uses the first theme from the third movement of Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D. The movement is commonly referred to as “Notturno” meaning night piece and is a very melodic movement and like much of Borodin’s music is very adaptable to being played by a number of different instrument combinations. There are 3 sections in the arrangement – theme, repeat of the theme with a varied and fuller accompaniment and a closing section which can best be be described as a coda. A tempo of 70 quarter note beats to the minute is used in the realisation and there are some octave transposition in the parts whilst the appoggiaturas that appear in the string quartet score have been omitted. Wherever possible material from the original work, which dates from 1881, has been incorporated into the arrangement. score.
The solo piano version does not have the section in canon and consequently texturally the musical is not as complete as it is in the ensemble arrangements.