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Chopin: Nocturne

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Frédéric Chopin - Nocturnes :
Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 2
Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2  in E-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: E-flat Major Published: 1833
Level: 7 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (83 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (714 kB)

Ear-caressing beauty, with hints of despair...

The E flat Nocturne, op. 9 no. 2 is possibly the most popular and well-known of Chopin’s nocturnes, and a quite characteristic example of how Chopin delicately mixes ear-caressing beauty with hints of despair and melancholy. It is the second in a set of three nocturnes written between 1830 and 1832, when Chopin was about twenty years old.

This Nocturne is composed of two themes that are repeated in what is known as a rounded binary form, or A-A-B-A-B-A. The themes become more elaborate each time they're played, with more trills, cadenzas and quick runs. After the last occurrence of the "A" theme, there follows a coda which at first seems bound to end the piece in a peaceful way, but instead builds up to a great, passionate climax marked fortissimo. After an intense trill the calm is restored and the piece ends very quietly.

Practice & Performance Tips:
The left hand provides the important foundation for the melody; without a flowing and balanced accompaniment, it is impossible to execute the cantabile line of the right hand beautifully. Play quickly enough to be able to feel four rather than twelve beats to every bar; this will help you shape the melody more naturally.Use graceful, flowing movements, and an elegantly... Sign up for a Gold membership to read the practice tips.

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xx Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2
July 11, 2016, 12:54:42 AM by whitewing95

please tell me what you think Smiley
I'm playing using Casio Ap-460 digital piano

xx Is 'Rondo Alla Turca' hard?
March 01, 2016, 11:57:07 AM by ziggy50

Hey, I have an audition coming up in two months and I have to learn two songs. So I'm learning nocturne in E flat major. I was going to learn Rondo Alla Turca also but I am not sure if I will have time to learn it and get it really good. I am just finished grade five and am 13 but am good at learning new songs. So, do you think that I will have time to learn it? Is it hard? Is it too fast? Thanks

xx Re: Need classical piano music suggestions for exam please
February 29, 2016, 04:06:52 PM by ziggy50

Actually I only have to learn two. Thanks for the replies everyone Smiley I was thinking of Chopin nocturne in C sharp minor and Chopin nocturne in é flat major. Is two Chopin pieces too much do you think?

xx Beethoven - Pathetique 2nd,Für Elise, Chopin Nocturne Op 9 No 2 - First audition
January 10, 2016, 09:24:47 AM by stylerpiano

Hello all!

I will have my first audition in the conservatorie and I will play this three pieces.
I have been playing piano for 2 years now, but for one in the conservatorie and I will pass exam for 3 years in a row in this year. I will be fourth-year next year.

The three pieces:

 00:00 - Beethoven - Pathetique 2nd movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_WMvX03-04&feature=youtu.be#
04:52 - Beethoven - Für Elise :https://youtu.be/6_WMvX03-04?t=292
08:00 - Chopin - Nocturne Op 9 No 2 : https://youtu.be/6_WMvX03-04?t=480

xx Chopin - Nocturne Op.9 No.2, Beethoven Pathetique
October 04, 2015, 06:48:11 PM by stylerpiano

Hello all!

I made a recording about my current pieces what I have learned.
About Pathetique, this is my 3rd recording, and about Chopin this is my first ( and this is my first Chopin piece too what I learned, because I have been playing piano only for 1.5 years now).

I know that both of the pieces are harder than it's look like at first, but I'm working on them with my teacher.

I love this 2 piece, so I learned them.

Pathetique 2nd movement:

Nocturne Op.9. No.2:

I would like to get some advice of both piece, how can I improve them.
Thank you!

xx "Chopin Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 No. 2 with too many authentic ornaments"
June 12, 2015, 08:27:56 AM by michael_sayers

Hi Everyone,

I just found this interesting recording.  All of this variation from the standard published version is in Chopin's own hand.



xx Chopin Nocturne Op 9 No 2, Improvisation and Variations on Theme
January 17, 2015, 07:52:29 PM by creationrage

Here is my version of the famous nocturne utilizing some of the improvisational skills I learned from my jazz background: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3POqlDefZs

Most of my older students come specifically to me from classical backgrounds wanting to learn improvisation. I know that the old masters were great improvisers and taught it as well. Does anyone have any insight into why it's not taught anymore in the classical genre, or how it was taught? Thanks!

xx Which piece is this?
December 30, 2014, 06:29:47 PM by lonelybird97

Hi everybody. I've heard this piece somewhere and can't get it out of my mind  Lips Sealed I've been able to play a little on the piano so you guys could help me out Roll Eyes Tongue
Thanks a lot

xx Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2
October 26, 2014, 06:34:01 PM by davidcook1988

Hello, fellow pianists Smiley

I would greatly appreciate it if you could check out my performance of Chopin's nocturne in E-flat major. I'm aware there are some mistakes but nonetheless, I would appreciate as much feedback as you are prepared to give!

Thanks in advance and I hope it isn't too unpleasant to your ears!!


xx VIDEO: Chopin Nocturne Op 9 no 2
October 29, 2013, 10:47:05 AM by diego_milano

Hello everybody,

Here is my interpretation of this piece I like very much. I took some piano lessons many years ago, but know I'm just trying to learn by myself.
I would like to get from you some comments on the way I play and what I should improve and how.
Thank you very much!

xx Chopin - Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2
May 09, 2013, 11:12:44 AM by marcuse

Hello piano players,

I am Eric and am a self-taught piano player and a big Chopin enthusiast. I have been playing for about 7 months now and thought I should record a piece I played. I also recorded Op. 9 No.1 but it had too much missed notes.

The end of the piece didn't go great (missed some notes), but played reasonable for the rest I think?
Would love to hear any comment (good or bad).

xx Frederic Chopin - Nocturne Op.9 No.2
April 04, 2013, 09:56:11 AM by minerdigger

Hi! This is my first time posting on this forum, just want to share my performance of Chopin's Nocturne in Eb Major. This piece is the one that made me want to learn to play piano (Well not really 'learning' because I've got no teacher, more like 'learning' it through Synthesia). I played this piece in a neat little cheap Yamaha keyboard with 61 keys (which is technically unfit to play this piece  Grin)

Playing piano is just one of the best ways to relax when Accounting or Financial Management or any other subjects bother me. With that said, I would appreciate criticisms and comments, I am sorry if I made lots of mistakes!

Whilst we're at it, why not visit my youtube page http://www.youtube.com/user/minerdigger?feature=mhee which fills with badly written pieces.  Grin


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