Frédéric Chopin
Nocturnes

About Frédéric Chopin's Nocturnes

The Nocturnes span the whole of Chopin’s career, and among them are some of the composer’s most beloved works, such as the infinitely tender and graceful Op. 9 No. 2 in E-flat. But they can also be viewed as a sort of experiment chamber, where Chopin, so to speak in the obscurity of the dark, tries out some of his most daring harmonic and formal inventions.
Mention is often made of the influence on Chopin of the Irishman John Field, generally credited as the father of the nocturne. While there is no doubt that links exist between the two, it’s also certain that Chopin’s temperament was quite different from that of his predecessor, as was the range of his modes of expression.
Liszt wrote:
“Chopin, in his poetic Nocturnes, sang not only the harmonies which are the source of our most ineffable delights, but likewise the restless, agitating bewilderment to which they often give rise”.

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Preview TitleKey Year Level
Nocturne 1 Op. 9 No. 1  in B-flat Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAB Nocturne 1 Op. 9 No. 134 B-flat Minor 1833 8
Nocturne 2 Op. 9 No. 2  in E-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAC Nocturne 2 Op. 9 No. 211 E-flat Major 1833 7
Nocturne 3 Op. 9 No. 3  in B Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAD Nocturne 3 Op. 9 No. 335 B Major 1833 7
Nocturne 4 Op. 15 No. 1  in F Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAE Nocturne 4 Op. 15 No. 117 F Major 1834 8
Nocturne 5 Op. 15 No. 2  in F-sharp Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAF Nocturne 5 Op. 15 No. 219 F-sharp Major 1834 7
Nocturne 6 Op. 15 No. 3  in G Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAG Nocturne 6 Op. 15 No. 324 G Minor 1834 7
Nocturne 7 Op. 27 No. 1  in C-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAH Nocturne 7 Op. 27 No. 15 C-sharp Minor 1836 8
Nocturne 8 Op. 27 No. 2  in D-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAI Nocturne 8 Op. 27 No. 26 D-flat Major 1836 8
Nocturne 9 Op. 32 No. 1  in B Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAJ Nocturne 9 Op. 32 No. 135 B Major 1837 8
Nocturne 10 Op. 32 No. 2  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAK Nocturne 10 Op. 32 No. 227 A-flat Major 1837 7
Nocturne 11 Op. 37 No. 1  in G Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAL Nocturne 11 Op. 37 No. 124 G Minor 1840 7
Nocturne 12 Op. 37 No. 2  in G Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAM Nocturne 12 Op. 37 No. 223 G Major 1840 7
Nocturne 13 Op. 48 No. 1  in C Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAN Nocturne 13 Op. 48 No. 12 C Minor 1842 8
Nocturne 14 Op. 48 No. 2  in F-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAO Nocturne 14 Op. 48 No. 220 F-sharp Minor 1842 8
Nocturne 15 Op. 55 No. 1  in F Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAP Nocturne 15 Op. 55 No. 118 F Minor 1844 7
Nocturne 16 Op. 55 No. 2  in E-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAQ Nocturne 16 Op. 55 No. 211 E-flat Major 1844 7
Nocturne 17 Op. 62 No. 1  in B Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAR Nocturne 17 Op. 62 No. 135 B Major 1846 8
Nocturne 18 Op. 62 No. 2  in E Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAS Nocturne 18 Op. 62 No. 213 E Major 1846 8
Nocturne 19 Op. 72 No. 1  in E Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAT Nocturne 19 Op. 72 No. 114 E Minor 1837 7
Nocturne 20  B. 49  in C-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAU Nocturne 20 B. 495 C-sharp Minor 1830 8
Nocturne 21  B. 108  in C Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAV Nocturne 21 B. 1082 C Minor 1848 7

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