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Chopin: Nocturne Op. 48 No. 1 in C Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Nocturnes :
Nocturne, Op. 48 No. 1
Nocturne Op. 48 No. 1  in C Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: C Minor Year: 1842
Level: 8 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (119 kB)
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xx help on accompaniment for beethoven op 2 no 1
July 07, 2010, 02:18:45 AM by brunotheiss

Hello, I'm going to play at the municipal theater with a friend. Each one of us will play half a hour and then we'll do some piano four-hands.

I have a semester to work on the pieces I'll play alone, and one of them will for sure be Beethoven Op. 2 no. 1.

Here's the question: is the program below unnefective or something like that?
Anyone here have a much better idea?

Rachmaninoff - Prelude Op. 3 no. 2 in C Sharp Minor
Beethoven - Sonata Op. 2 no. 1 in F Minor
Chopin - Nocturne Op. 48 in C Minor

If it's ok, I won't even bother on changing anything, I just wanna know if there's some kind of a big mistake in my choice.

Thank you already  Grin

xx Chopin Nocturne Op.48 No.1
May 24, 2010, 09:04:06 PM by miken49

My recording of the very famous nocturne.

xx Chopin Nocturne op.48 #1 - General Info, Tips, Etc.
August 25, 2009, 09:58:19 PM by chopiabin

This nocturne is one of my favorite pieces by Chopin - it's almost funereal 1st movement and the clever recapitulation of that theme in the wildly despairing climax always sends chills up my spine. 

I am currently polishing this piece back up to snuff after neglecting it for a few years, and I plan to include it as a dramatic opening for a much larger, and, for me anyway, very ambitious program that will also include: Chopin - op.10#1, op.25#12, Ballade#3 in Ab; Rachmaninov prelude in B minor op.32#10; and Scriabin etude in C#minor op.2#1.

I was surprised by the dearth of information on this piece despite searching the archives of the forum and decided to start a general discussion topic.

In particular I would love to get some background info on this incredible piece, people's opinions on its significance, performance tips, and info on any particularly good recordings of it.

I have heard performances by Pletnev, Moravec, Arrau, Argerich, and Rubinstein – Rubinstein FAR outshone the others, especially in the doppio movimiento where his voicing is almost unbelievable – the melody is never lost amid the constant tangle of chords.

Would LOVE to read any comments, suggestions, or tips

Thanks, Chop

xx Chopin Nocturne in C minor No. 13
June 20, 2009, 03:33:21 AM by wannabe

Does anyone know if Chopin wrote this piece for a special event or piece.  It is so dramatic.

xx what do to with chopins nocturne, opus 48 no.1
August 02, 2008, 06:13:09 AM by frank_48

hi, i have currently hit a wall with this nocturne, most of you will probably guess that its the doppio movemento section, and you would be right. i just cant seem to figure out how to play it smoothly with both hands, i can play it ok seperate hands but its already taken a long time to get up to this point. does anyone think i should leave this piece and pick it up again later when my technique is more advanced or should i just keep working on it?

xx Chopin Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48. No. 1
April 27, 2008, 03:59:57 AM by pmz310

enjoy!! mind the mistakes and harshness, i will post a better recording in the future

xx Chopin- Nocturne in C minor (48:1)
August 23, 2007, 08:27:57 PM by thorn

I've been memorising this over the summer and i have a rhythmical question to ask about the 'doppio movimento' section.

there are triplets against quavers, but the 2nd quaver is notated over the final triplet suggesting that they aren't meant to be played as straight quavers. but at the same time they arent marked as triplets- here is an example to clarify what i mean:

so my question is should i play them as straight quavers or as if they are a crotchet and a quaver with a '3' bracket over them?

xx Chopin 48-1 Nocturne (c minor)
September 12, 2006, 09:47:19 PM by violinist

Hello piano folks!

I got small hands for the piano  Cry

I can only reach a ninth with some straining.  Octaves are practically all I can do.

I've been wanting to do the Chopin 48-1 Nocturne (c minor), but I don't know if I can do the parts with the ton of octaves - louder parts toward the end.  Any suggestions?

I've downloaded the music and I can play the first page, but the second page (C major) started to scare me with the large chords, maybe I need to stop.

Anyone play this?  I'm sure it's popular.

Thanks for any help or tips on how to get thru this...

xx Chopin nocturne 48/1. Very fast octaves !
July 22, 2006, 12:46:42 PM by xinox

finally I come to fast octaves part in Chopin's 48/1..  (it starts on the bottom of 2nd page  here is the sheet  )

I never before played octaves so fast so I got couple of questions...

The main problem is what fingering to use??

I have big hands ( 12th with RH 13th with LH..  comfortably 10, 11 ) so I guess using only 5th is not good?

So can you write down fingering you use for first 3 bars (both hands please) ??
And any tips for practicing this part are welcome...

xx Cortot edition, Chopin's nocturnes (op48 no1) ?
July 11, 2006, 10:38:21 AM by xinox

Anyone got Cortot's sheet for Chopin's 48/1 ?

xx Chopin Nocturne, Op48. No.1 HELP NEEDED
January 26, 2005, 01:13:42 AM by puma

  Hi all, I'm somewhat of a newbie to this board (been reading, recently joined up) not a newbie to the piano (15+ years experience) so I had reservations about asking for help on this piece.  However, considering the difficult time I'm having and the fact that my piano teacher DOES NOT KNOW how to play the piece, I figure what the hell.  I've seen some intelligent responses as well.
    First of all, let me begin by saying I've searched on this piece and only found two posts regarding this nocturne. Which is strange because I figured this piece to be extremely popular.  In any case, I've been working on this piece for damn near six months now, have mastered the first part - am doing well with the second part (mostly just a matter of speeding up my chord to octave progressions those who have played or heard the piece will know what I'm talking about), so I felt obliged to finish the piece - but man, am I having a difficult time with the third part!
   I've been working on the third part, the doppio movement, for about two months now.  I played it for my teacher and she tells me things like "bring out the top voice" so it won't be "muddled."  Now, I understand what she means, in a sense.  The effect Chopin is trying to create isn't dependent so much on legato left hand as it is on bringing out the melody.  But she doesn't know how to even play the piece!  I had a recording of this, but it was stolen (long story) in any case, I finally think I've mastered the technical problems of the doppio movement - but how do I make it sound like the recording that I've heard (from what I remember).  A lot of times I feel like I'm just pounding out garbage.  And I've gotten the notes down well enough that I feel I can make it into music - but my teacher says it's just not happening.  I tried making the accompaniment pianonissimo with a mezzoforte melody, but I still feel like I'm heading nowhere with it.  Which is a shame, because I've done so well with the other sections.  Any advice on how to master the last part of this piece?  Thank you in advance.

xx Rach Prelude in G minor V.S. Chopin Nocturne Op. 48 N.1
January 02, 2005, 08:24:39 AM by Barbosa-piano

                Hello, I am new to the site, and my name is Mario. I am sorry for the inconvenience, but I am representing the school in the UIL piano Competition, and I would like to know if anyone could give me an advice on which piece would be the most impressing one;
                Rachmaninoff, Prelude in G minor.  Op 23 N. 5 Alla marcia.
                Chopin Nocturne Op. 48 n.1, or any other Nocturne (except op 9 n.2)
                 I also have the choice between Chopin's Waltzes op 42 and 64, and Polonaises op. 40 and 26.
                 I would be thankful if anyone could give any advices... ;     Grin
                                                                     Mario Barbosa.

xx Chopin: Nocturne in c minor Op. 48 #1
December 21, 2004, 05:33:29 PM by quixoticcafe

This is probably the crown jewel of all the Nocturnes and when I first heard the
"Doppio Movimento" section I wept bitterly and felt like I was being pushed over the edge! I bought a recording with Idil Biret on Naxos, and she does such an oustanding job in that section bringing out the main theme over the clamor and pathos of the accompaniment. (I'm sure there are more famous, well-known pianists who do an equally or succeeding job too.) Anyway after much thought and respect for this incredible piece, I think I am going to venture to learn it.  I realize that this is probably one of the most difficult pieces to interpret  and I am approaching this task knowing how weighty all of this truly is. Once polished and perfected I can only imagine the emotional fortitude one must have to hold one's self together in a performance. 

I would love to hear some comments from all of you who have played it. Your technical suggestions and impressions would be invaluable to me.

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