Piano Street Sheet Music
Welcome Guest!
Please login
or sign-up.


Chopin: Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B-flat Minor

Piano Sheet Music to Download and Print or to View in Mobile Devices

Frédéric Chopin - Nocturnes :
Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 1
Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1  in B-flat Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: B-flat Minor Year: 1833
Level: 8 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (111 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (1077 kB)

Members who like this piece have also downloaded:

Posts in the piano forum about this piece by :

xx Recording: Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1, need some polishing tips
June 21, 2016, 11:31:58 PM by mjames

Posted this awhile back under a throw away account so I'll repost it as myself. <.< I'm revisiting this nocturne and want some tips for polishing and any suggestions in interpretation.
Secondly, I can play fast runs quite fine and dandy but it falls apart during recitals and stuff, so basically when I'm nervous. How can i overcome that? It's beginning to bug me lol.

Anyways here:

xx Chopin Nocturne opus 9 no 1
April 07, 2012, 12:02:04 PM by johnlewisgrant

Here's my account of it.  

 Piano: Hailun 218; mics AT 4041 card condensors;  Preamp AKAI; post processing Macbook



xx Cross rhythms in Chopin Nocturne 9/1 in Bb minor
December 08, 2010, 12:49:02 AM by brogers70

Does anyone have suggestions for how to learn the 11 vs 6 and 22 vs 12 cross rhythms in the opening of Chopin's Bb minor Nocturne? For 3 vs 4, 4 vs 5, 3 vs 5 I just figure it out mathematically and practice beating the pattern with two hands until I start to feel it as a cross rhythm rather than an abstract pattern. That has worked well. But I can't manage that for 11 vs 6.

How have you learned this? (1) Just feel it and go with the flow? (2) Start as 4 vs 2 4 vs 2 and 3 vs 2 and then try to loosen it up a bit? (3) Figure out which order the notes fall in in the two hands without worrying about exactly which 1/66th of a half measure they fall on? (4) Listen to a recording again and again until you get the sound in your head and then imitate it? (5) something else?

I love this piece and this rhythm problem is the biggest obstacle for me, so any suggestions would be really appreciated.

xx VIDEO: Chopin Nocturne B flat minor Op. 9 No. 1
November 29, 2010, 10:48:02 PM by gligeti

Hi all,

 I have recently returned to playing the piano, well, I should say playing classical piano after a long journey in other genres. I am looking for advise for improving skills/interpretation.

 Here is one of the recordings I made recently. I am aware of a couple of mistakes as well as errors in the actual notes ( an a instead of the correct b flat in the connect note; and a missing repeat and a bad note of the last arpeggio leading to the repeat of the main section) -- these are easy fixes, I am more interested in advise on interpretation. Dynamics is somewhat swallowed by the camcorder's auto-level thing unfortunately, plus there are obvious limitations in the subtlety with the otherwise decent Yamaha upright, but I think you can still hear some problem areas in the interpretation...

 I could say the excitement of the recording added a stress, but it is not the full truth since I had played in public (jazz, rock, popular), so while there has certainly been some stress, nearly not as much as with other 'first' youtube posters, so don't hesitate to beat me up.


 Thanks for any advise or comment -- good or bad

xx Chopin. Nocturne op.9 no.1. How NOT to play the intro
October 31, 2010, 05:43:12 AM by anafressari


happy halloween! Roll Eyes

xx Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.1
May 25, 2010, 01:33:40 AM by yw1935

My audition repertoire,Any comments are appreciated

xx is fantasie impromptu or chopin nocturne?!?!
April 14, 2010, 11:47:54 PM by luckee7rbecca

i just finished noctune op. 9 no. 1 by chopin when should i start fantasie impromptu op. 66 (maybe some spelling mistakes, sorry)

xx Fingering for Op.9 No.1
July 01, 2009, 11:25:27 PM by frank_48

is it ok if i used the following fingering in this piece? i tried using the reccommended fingering but it stretches my hand too much and causes pain, my teacher insisted that id get used to it but i doubt it.

xx Chopin Nocturne op9 No1
August 30, 2008, 01:23:27 AM by dora96

Hi all,

I have also recorded this piece. Any comments or improvement to perfection are very welcomed thank you

xx Chopin Nocturne op9 No.1 need help and comment
December 17, 2007, 02:09:17 AM by dora96

I have also recorded chopin Nocturn, please comments and advice how to play this piece well will be very welcomed thank you

xx Chopin Nocturne op9 No.1 Does anyone know about the background of the piece??
November 08, 2007, 03:16:31 AM by dora96


I am learning this piece  at the moment, To help me to memorize this piece and I also need to write something about this piece. I find that  the left hand is harder to memorize because there is various form to remember and I find that bit confused sometimes. The middle part, how to play without too boring, can anyone advise me about speed where should I increase or decrease?  Some people said to play it more romantic  more dreamy. However, I feel I play it like a  dead warm up. Can anyone advise me? Can anyone give me the background and period about this piece. Why, how and what Chopin wrote this piece. This is the first Nocturne, is there any special from other Nocturne, theme?  Is there any history and story about this song prompted Chopin to compose this piece. Anything I would appreciate very much !!

xx Chopin Nocturne op.9 no.1
September 09, 2007, 06:10:10 PM by schubertiad

Here is my twin playing an old chopin favourite. Unfortunately, I didn't realize he was recording, hence the talking from me, and evil looks from him. Apologies too for the overly 'artistic' camerawork of the g/f. Anyway, block all that out and try to enjoy.


xx What is your story of Chopin Op. 9 N1?
August 28, 2007, 02:26:44 AM by laurent1234


First let me say that I am trying to get back to piano after a 16 years pause. I have read what people here write about methods to understand pieces faster. Posts from Bernhard and Chang's online book encouraged me to try the methods they advocate.

I want to be able to see through the Chopin Op.9 #1, and need your help:)
If I understand correctly people memorize pieces better when they use associations, and once they have enough association to write something that looks like a story then the piece is easier to practice and harder to forget.

What is your story of the piece I mentioned above? I found it hard to see how the key would help me understand the chords that are used in the piece, but maybe I have too little understanding of horminzation techniques and your feedback would be appreciated.

>>> I hope somebody will share his story,
kind regards

xx chopin nocturne op 9 #1
February 13, 2007, 04:17:39 AM by pianistimo

this is something i've been working on - but it's still kinda slow, too. 

xx learning chopin nocturne op9 no1
January 27, 2007, 06:34:24 PM by ant2006

Hi all,
Started to learn this piece a few weeks ago, im learning it a section at a time HS then HT.
I can play the fist section pretty well up to the point where u have to play 11 notes RH and the 6 LH then 22 RH 12LH, i realise that the LH just plays at relatively the same speed but im struggling to do that whilst playing the RH.
Basically i need to sort my head out on how to play both hands together on this section as one hand tends to follow the speed of the other.
Does anyone know of any good ways to practice this? either through pieces or excercises.

xx two chopin etudes and a nocturne
October 26, 2006, 01:31:40 AM by le_poete_mourant

Here's a couple cuts from a live session last month.  Ingle Auditorium.  Baldwin Concert Grand.  My modest attempt at these wonderful pieces of music: Etude Op. 10 No. 4 and Op. 25 No. 6; Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1 in B-flat minor.    Hope you like. 

xx Chopin Op 9 No 1
October 10, 2006, 05:41:30 AM by steve jones

Hi all,

I started this piece two days ago, and Im really liking it. Everything seems to be coming together great.

Except for one stumbling block!

Im having serious problems coordinating the two hands in bar 2 and 3. I can play HS no problem, but the clashing rhythms of 11 against 6 is causing me all sorts of issues.

Any suggestions for this? Right now Im just playing the bass note and then continuing  Embarrassed

Thanks for all and any help,


xx Re: Music that has brought tears to your eyes
September 18, 2006, 09:56:10 PM by maestoso

chopin nocturne 9 no 1
sleepwalk by santo and johnny
recuerdos de la alhambra(classical guitar)
sor study no 5 (classical guitar)
pachelbels canon

xx Chopin Nocturne No.1
December 04, 2005, 05:48:34 AM by winterwind_23


This is Chopin's Nocturne No.1 in Bb minor.  This recording isn't perfect, with some note slips.  Anyways, please listen and critique!


xx chopin nocturne runs
September 30, 2005, 07:12:16 PM by pizno

Or whatever they are called.  Can someone please, please help me with the last long one on the last page of Opus 9 # 1.  I first tried graphing it out, as I have always done, but was urged to just divide it into 2's and 3's.  But as much as I have tried, I can't get either way to work out right.  It's 20 against 9, I believe.  Shouldn't it work out if it is all 2 against 1, and then one 3 against 2?  Where do you put the 2/3?  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I am spending far too much time on this.


xx Op 9 No 1 Chopin
June 05, 2005, 08:01:31 AM by Jorgen

I am teaching myself to play the piano for three years now and I have a problem with Op 9 No 1 by Chopin. I searched the net for pianists performing this song resulting in:


They all play it differently. So my question is: are all three performances good ones?

Secondly I'd like some comments on my own performance, since teaching yourself is hardly impossible.


xx Chopin nocturne 9-1
May 11, 2005, 10:06:35 AM by jono

I wonder how I'm supposed to play the big 11:iols and 22:iols (or whatever you would call them). How am I exactly going to play those notes together with the notes in the bass? I mean in order to make they sound correctly. Please tell me!      Have fun everyone! /Jono

exclamation Help - Chopin Op 9-1
March 22, 2005, 08:52:17 PM by presto agitato

I have learned the 90% of this piece, but im having problems with bar num 4.

Need your advice please?


xx Staccato in Chopin Op9 No.1
November 29, 2004, 08:14:26 AM by bttay

I play Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.1 with pedal. But there were some staccato appeared in the score:

Why are there staccato if the piece is going to be played with pedal? Is there other meaning for staccato indication other then "detached note"?

Thank you.

xx Problem with Chopin Nocturne Op9 No1
October 22, 2004, 08:30:50 AM by Grzegorz

I'm having some problems with 2 passages in this piece.
The one where there is 22/12 notes and the next on last page (20/12). The first one I split into two fragments (11/6, played as the previous phrase) and when putting them together I clearly hear a short gap between them (there is no legato).
The second passage (20/12) I did not split and learnt it as it is (20 notes in right hand, 12 in left) and it is fluent, without any gaps but I don't play it evenly (the 11th note is not played perfectly with the 7th).
What can you advise me to do? I'm afraid that when I split the second passage on two there'll be once again a short gap... And what can I do to correct the first passage?

Thanks in advance

Top Pieces
Debussy - Clair de Lune
Beethoven - Für Elise
Beethoven - Piano Sonata, opus 27 no 2 (Moonlight)
Chopin - Nocturne opus 9 no 2
Bach - Goldberg Variations
Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu
Mozart - Piano Sonata in A Major (Alla Turca)
Bach - Invention 1 (authograph manuscript)
Chopin - Raindrop Prelude
Rachmaninoff - Prelude in C# Minor
Chopin - 12 Etudes opus 10
Mozart - Variations in C Major (Twinkle, Twinkle)
Liszt - Piano Sonata in B Minor

What customers say about pianostreet.com:

"All of my students are members of Pianostreet and many of my teacher colleagues have joined as well.
It is an excellent resource for students and teachers alike and there is very rarely any need to visit another website or music store in search of sheet music."

Andrea Boltresz, piano teacher
Robertson, Australia

Read full letter >>

"As a frequent user of pianostreet.com I find it easy to navigate, great value for money and very professional. The pieces are all well-graded and the audio is really useful, especially for pieces not heard before. I have recommended the site to many of my friends who play the piano. Keep up the good work."

Paul, Llansannan, UK.
Read full letter >>

"Wonderful service! [...] I have no reservation in recommending it as a “must” to all pianists, both teachers and students, amateur and professional."
Read full review >>

Dr. Robert J Keane, pianist

"I was in Poland the past summer to give 2 concerts. At the last minute they requested some Chopin, which I had not brought with me. So, I google-searched for classical downloads and found your site. I was able to print out excellent editions of the pieces I needed within minutes. To find the scores locally would have been inpossible as it was a smaller town, the nearest music store 45 minutes away."

Robert York, pianist
Long Beach, California

Read full letter >>

"Piano Street has been a wonderful tool to me as both a pianist and a piano teacher. I can browse the collection for pieces I want to play and/or have my students play. The difficulty rating system that Piano Street uses enables me to search by difficulty level for pieces at my students' various playing levels. It is helpful that many of the scores include an audio clip of the piece being played. I have recommended to my advanced students that they also join Piano Street since getting sheet music from there is a much less expensive alternative to ordering and paying for the music.

Steve D. Allen, Ph.D.
Owner/Piano Teacher, Allen Music Studio
Houston, Texas
Read full letter >>

Read more customer reviews >>

Privacy Policy | FAQ | Contact