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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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
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.
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!
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!
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!!
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! Diego
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).
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 )
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!
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