Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne 18
in E Major, Op. 62 No. 2

Chopin's last Nocturne holds a world of meditative reflection, melancholy, agitation, and ultimately acceptance.

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Nocturne 18
Op. 62 No. 2

Key: E Major
Year: 1846
Level: 8
Period: Early Romantic
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Nocturnal swan song

The Nocturne in E major Op. 62 no. 2 was written three years before Chopin’s death. In many ways, it seems to be Chopin’s swan song, holding a world of meditative reflection, melancholy, agitation, and ultimately acceptance, perhaps of what must have seemed an inevitable fate to Chopin, whose progressing illness had become serious at this stage.

Marked Lento, it begins with its melody meditating over a simple accompaniment, exploring its inner world with a longer thought here, a shorter inflection there, supported by increasingly creative harmonic progressions. A second theme over a rolling accompaniment in sixteenths is introduced, leading to the feverish middle section in c sharp minor, featuring the right and left hand in agitated dialogue through tightly woven counterpoint. When the initial theme returns, it is far from a verbatim repeat of the opening section but rather a continuing reflection with new progressions of both melody and harmony, leading to a return of the second theme, which brings the piece to its close. A last stanza ends the piece in absolute calm, in final, peaceful acceptance of both what has been, and what is to come.


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. 2 in E Major, a composition by the early romantic composer Frédéric Chopin who was born in 1810 and died in 1849. The piano score of this piece was first published in 1846 and is part of Chopin's Nocturnes.