Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne 13
in C Minor, Op. 48 No. 1

Beginning in a mood of profound tragedy, this challenging Nocturne builds to powerful and passionate climaxes.

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Nocturne 13
Op. 48 No. 1

Key: C Minor
Year: 1842
Level: 8
Period: Early Romantic
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A Ballade in miniature

The famous Nocturne in c minor Op. 48 no. 1 is perhaps the grandest in scope of all the Nocturnes. More akin to a Ballade in miniature than a Nocturne, it builds its narrative on three main episodes. Beginning in a mood of profound tragedy, it presents a lonely cantilena, marked mezza voce, over a slow, funereal accompaniment. The second episode features a new theme in C major, built on consoling, chorale-like chords. The chords expand and become arpeggiated, and rising octaves interject with increasing insistence, building to a powerful climax. In the final episode, the opening material returns in a passionate re-exposition, now marked doppio movimento (twice as fast) and underlined by rapidly repeating chords. The piece ends with a diminuendo, finally stopping on three muffled chords, like the tolling of a distant bell.

The c minor Nocturne is one of the more technically difficult Nocturnes. The octave passages in the middle section, while not of Lisztian difficulty, are challenging, and the final episode requires a well-developed chord technique with good control over voicing.


The two Nocturnes Op. 48 were written in 1841 and published in 1842.

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Nocturne in C Minor - Op. 48 No. 1 is a piece by the early romantic composer Frédéric Chopin.
The composition was first published in 1842 and is included in Nocturnes by Chopin.