Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne 17
in B Major, Op. 62 No. 1

Hiding its mysteries behind a reserved surface, this Nocturne is famed for its beautiful embellishments and multiple-bar-long trills.

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Nocturne 17
Op. 62 No. 1

Key: B Major
Year: 1846
Level: 8
Period: Early Romantic
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Softspoken and subtle

The Nocturne in B major Op. 62 no. 1 stands out by how firmly it stays in the realm of the subtle, hiding its mysteries behind a meticulously written, almost reserved surface. Eschewing, for the most part, the lone melodic line over a rolling accompaniment typical of the genre, it supports its main theme with a web of counterpoint from the outset. The mood remains intimate throughout, the narrative weaving in and out of a gentle calm and softspoken melancholia, save for one outburst – a d sharp minor scale running up and down the length of the piano’s upper register, a cry of despair quelled as suddenly as it appears. When the contrasting middle section arrives, the music remains gentle, changing only to a single voice over a syncopated accompaniment and via a slight modification of emotional character. The return of the opening theme is famed for how it is embellished with figurations and multiple-bar-long trills and has been likened to an Italian da capo aria in the bel canto style, a genre Chopin is known to have loved.


The Nocturnes Op. 62 were the final Nocturnes to be published in Chopin’s lifetime. They were written between 1845 and 1846 and published in 1846, three years before his death.

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Nocturne Op. 62 No. 1 in B Major, a composition by the early romantic composer Frédéric Chopin. The piano score of this piece was first published in 1846 and is part of Nocturnes by Chopin.