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Chopin: Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2 in E-flat Major

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Frédéric Chopin - Nocturnes :
Nocturne, Op. 9 No. 2
Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2  in E-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: E-flat Major Year: 1833
Level: 7 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (83 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (714 kB)

Ear-caressing beauty, with hints of despair...

The E flat Nocturne, op. 9 no. 2 is possibly the most popular and well-known of Chopin’s nocturnes, and a quite characteristic example of how Chopin delicately mixes ear-caressing beauty with hints of despair and melancholy. It is the second in a set of three nocturnes written between 1830 and 1832, when Chopin was about twenty years old.

This Nocturne is composed of two themes that are repeated in what is known as a rounded binary form, or A-A-B-A-B-A. The themes become more elaborate each time they're played, with more trills, cadenzas and quick runs. After the last occurrence of the "A" theme, there follows a coda which at first seems bound to end the piece in a peaceful way, but instead builds up to a great, passionate climax marked fortissimo. After an intense trill the calm is restored and the piece ends very quietly.

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Practice & Performance Tips:
The left hand provides the important foundation for the melody; without a flowing and balanced accompaniment, it is impossible to execute the cantabile line of the right hand beautifully. Play quickly enough to be able to feel four rather than twelve beats to every bar; this will help you shape the melody more naturally.Use graceful, flowing movements, and an elegantly flexible rubato, without ever losing sight of the underlying steady pulse. Finally find the correct balance between the hands: play the left hand softly enough to be able to make the right hand sing without using too much... Sign up for a Gold membership to read the practice tips.

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xx Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2
July 11, 2016, 12:54:42 AM by whitewing95

please tell me what you think Smiley
I'm playing using Casio Ap-460 digital piano

xx Is 'Rondo Alla Turca' hard?
March 01, 2016, 11:57:07 AM by ziggy50

Hey, I have an audition coming up in two months and I have to learn two songs. So I'm learning nocturne in E flat major. I was going to learn Rondo Alla Turca also but I am not sure if I will have time to learn it and get it really good. I am just finished grade five and am 13 but am good at learning new songs. So, do you think that I will have time to learn it? Is it hard? Is it too fast? Thanks

xx Re: Need classical piano music suggestions for exam please
February 29, 2016, 04:06:52 PM by ziggy50

Actually I only have to learn two. Thanks for the replies everyone Smiley I was thinking of Chopin nocturne in C sharp minor and Chopin nocturne in é flat major. Is two Chopin pieces too much do you think?

xx Beethoven - Pathetique 2nd,Für Elise, Chopin Nocturne Op 9 No 2 - First audition
January 10, 2016, 09:24:47 AM by stylerpiano

Hello all!

I will have my first audition in the conservatorie and I will play this three pieces.
I have been playing piano for 2 years now, but for one in the conservatorie and I will pass exam for 3 years in a row in this year. I will be fourth-year next year.

The three pieces:

 00:00 - Beethoven - Pathetique 2nd movement: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_WMvX03-04&feature=youtu.be#
04:52 - Beethoven - Für Elise :https://youtu.be/6_WMvX03-04?t=292
08:00 - Chopin - Nocturne Op 9 No 2 : https://youtu.be/6_WMvX03-04?t=480

xx Chopin - Nocturne Op.9 No.2, Beethoven Pathetique
October 04, 2015, 06:48:11 PM by stylerpiano

Hello all!

I made a recording about my current pieces what I have learned.
About Pathetique, this is my 3rd recording, and about Chopin this is my first ( and this is my first Chopin piece too what I learned, because I have been playing piano only for 1.5 years now).

I know that both of the pieces are harder than it's look like at first, but I'm working on them with my teacher.

I love this 2 piece, so I learned them.

Pathetique 2nd movement:

Nocturne Op.9. No.2:

I would like to get some advice of both piece, how can I improve them.
Thank you!

xx "Chopin Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 No. 2 with too many authentic ornaments"
June 12, 2015, 08:27:56 AM by michael_sayers

Hi Everyone,

I just found this interesting recording.  All of this variation from the standard published version is in Chopin's own hand.



xx Chopin Nocturne Op 9 No 2, Improvisation and Variations on Theme
January 17, 2015, 07:52:29 PM by creationrage

Here is my version of the famous nocturne utilizing some of the improvisational skills I learned from my jazz background: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3POqlDefZs

Most of my older students come specifically to me from classical backgrounds wanting to learn improvisation. I know that the old masters were great improvisers and taught it as well. Does anyone have any insight into why it's not taught anymore in the classical genre, or how it was taught? Thanks!

xx Which piece is this?
December 30, 2014, 06:29:47 PM by lonelybird97

Hi everybody. I've heard this piece somewhere and can't get it out of my mind  Lips Sealed I've been able to play a little on the piano so you guys could help me out Roll Eyes Tongue
Thanks a lot

xx Chopin Nocturne Op.9 No.2
October 26, 2014, 06:34:01 PM by davidcook1988

Hello, fellow pianists Smiley

I would greatly appreciate it if you could check out my performance of Chopin's nocturne in E-flat major. I'm aware there are some mistakes but nonetheless, I would appreciate as much feedback as you are prepared to give!

Thanks in advance and I hope it isn't too unpleasant to your ears!!


xx VIDEO: Chopin Nocturne Op 9 no 2
October 29, 2013, 10:47:05 AM by diego_milano

Hello everybody,

Here is my interpretation of this piece I like very much. I took some piano lessons many years ago, but know I'm just trying to learn by myself.
I would like to get from you some comments on the way I play and what I should improve and how.
Thank you very much!

xx Chopin - Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2
May 09, 2013, 11:12:44 AM by marcuse

Hello piano players,

I am Eric and am a self-taught piano player and a big Chopin enthusiast. I have been playing for about 7 months now and thought I should record a piece I played. I also recorded Op. 9 No.1 but it had too much missed notes.

The end of the piece didn't go great (missed some notes), but played reasonable for the rest I think?
Would love to hear any comment (good or bad).

xx Frederic Chopin - Nocturne Op.9 No.2
April 04, 2013, 09:56:11 AM by minerdigger

Hi! This is my first time posting on this forum, just want to share my performance of Chopin's Nocturne in Eb Major. This piece is the one that made me want to learn to play piano (Well not really 'learning' because I've got no teacher, more like 'learning' it through Synthesia). I played this piece in a neat little cheap Yamaha keyboard with 61 keys (which is technically unfit to play this piece  Grin)

Playing piano is just one of the best ways to relax when Accounting or Financial Management or any other subjects bother me. With that said, I would appreciate criticisms and comments, I am sorry if I made lots of mistakes!

Whilst we're at it, why not visit my youtube page http://www.youtube.com/user/minerdigger?feature=mhee which fills with badly written pieces.  Grin


xx Chopin Nocturne in E-Flat Major, Op.9 No.2
January 16, 2013, 03:27:21 AM by peter68

This is my first ever post on Pianostreet. I would like some constructive criticism of my recording of the Chopin Nocturne. Thanks. PS I am aware of a few extra notes!!

xx Chopin Nocturne Op 9 No 2
January 14, 2013, 05:22:05 AM by brendan765

Check my videos so far... Brendan4Piano2BMX is my Youtube channel..please watch videos! I have new pieces on there everyday now...I'll have my whole repertoire and new ones on there here soon..mostly recorded on living room Baby Grand, and some live performances, as well as my own compositions here soon.


xx Playing trill in Chopin, Nocturne Opus 9-2
November 22, 2012, 06:52:57 AM by lflp

Hi there

I am trying to learn to play the above mentioned nocturne by Chopin,
but I am having a problem playing the trill in bar 7 (see inserted image).
Could anyone please tell me how to play this trill?
Thank you in advance!
(I hope my english make sense - I am a danish citizen).

Flemming Pedersen

xx Chopin op. 9 no. 2 and Debussy Claire de lune
September 07, 2012, 09:21:58 AM by furtwaengler

I've been ask to play these famous pieces for a friend's wedding. The Nocturne is in the intro, and there's a possibility a violist will actually be playing the theme. The bride wants to walk out to the Debussy, so it will be heavily cut...which putting two and two together does not make as much necessity for this thread. Ah well, what are you going to do?

Here is a recording from my practice Tuesday night. The piano is a small Yamaha grand in a classroom, and one of those irritating instruments which has a function lifting the bottom half of the dampers instead of a proper sostenuto pedal. I will never understand the use for such a feature...

As for the two famous pieces, they don't come so easily to me, but I don't dislike playing them. You'll have to give me some pointers based on what you hear.

xx Chopin - Nocturne in E Flat Major Op 9 No 2
April 28, 2012, 04:54:58 PM by carbe

Hi! Here's my new recording of Chopin's famous Nocturne in E Flat Major.
Please comment!

xx Chopin - Nocturne Op. 9 No.2 Video
April 03, 2012, 07:23:58 AM by vincentl

Hello, this is my first time posting here on the Audition Room. I'm just hoping to hear some comments and/or criticism other than the ones I receive from my family members. Some tips and advice to help me play this piece better are also welcome.

The recording took place on March 8, 2012 2:11 P.M. on my Casio Piano PX-410R. Sorry for the bad quality. Thank you.

xx New Video- hands positions Chopin op9no2
March 06, 2012, 09:06:24 PM by johnmar78

Folks, I made this video just showing hands positins and playing styles that people asked me how I sound the key either strike from top of side ..circular what so ever Wink. Have a look andway, my hands are virtually relaxed-to a point that you can see my hands that are rebounded or lift up by the force of the key actions.-all natural..

Again, no sound editing or any form of digital enchancement.

I hope this is helpful...

All feedbacks are welcome..

xx VIDEO: Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2
February 19, 2012, 10:54:04 PM by tekime

I finally made my way through the last bit of this piece a few weeks ago, and decided to take a little video today. I still have much practice remaining, but any feedback you have would be appreciated.

So far this is only the second piece in my repertoire (if one can even consider themselves as having a repertoire when it consists of only two pieces!). That said, I'm a total amateur but I would still like to play this piece well eventually. Although I have my own style of playing I also want to be true to Chopin's vision of this piece and feel I still have a ways to go (even aside from a few obvious technical flukes I have yet to remedy).

Anyway, enough blathering. My apologies for the audio quality - you can hear the keys clacking away, and the general quality is far from professional - but I recorded this on my iPhone by duct-taping it to my bookshelf.  Embarrassed

I know the guidelines say an acoustic piano is preferable, but this is all I've got. Trust me, I'd much prefer playing on a nice grand! Wink

Thanks so much for any feedback you might have!


xx My College Submission- Chopin Nocturne E Flat.
December 23, 2011, 09:28:23 PM by spencervirt

Hello all. Please see through the fuzz here... maybe play it on computer speakers and not headphones. This is my submission for college. Please let me know what you think. I actually think the fuzz makes it sound like an old piano roll or something.

Chopin Nocturne op. 9 no. 2 in E flat Major. (Yeah, risky submitting something so well known, I know)


xx Jumps in the left hand, specifically in Chopin's nocturnes.
October 22, 2011, 07:49:30 PM by larapool

I'm practicing Chopin's Op. 9 No. 2.  Absolutely gorgeous piece - the one problem is I don't have too much experience with the 'oom-pah-pah' left hand jumps.  For example, throughout all of this piece, each 'oom' is a very low bass note, and the 'pah-pah' parts are higher chords.

Any advice for playing these smoothly?  I've realized I can't pay attention to both hands at the keyboard when the left hand is jumping everywhere like this.  I've never been good at jumps like these because I always manage to hit the wrong bass note when I go back.  Should I focus on the left hand more than the right, so even if I do mess up the melody, I can continue with the rhythm and get back on track?

Thanks for any input.

xx Nocturne Op. 9 no. 2
June 20, 2011, 12:33:23 AM by faa2010

This is Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9 no. 2.  Comments and suggestions are welcomed.

xx Chopin, Nocturne E flat major, op 9 no 2
June 12, 2011, 08:20:48 PM by jollisg

This is an old recording, about one year old. When this piece was recorded, I had been playing piano for almost 5 years and I was 15 years old. It's a yamaha grand piano if I remember it right...
I hear some missed notes and some strange dynamics. I've improved a lot since this recording, but I want to start with something little older Smiley Soon I will show you something I actually play at the moment ^^'

I will be grateful for comments, even though I don't play this piece at the moment. Maybe I will start to play this piece again, and then your comments will be used! Smiley


(Sorry for my bad english, I'm from Sweden so english isn't my native language Tongue )

// Jollis

xx Chopin - Nocturne in E Flat Major, Op.9 No.2
June 05, 2011, 06:26:43 PM by jugular

Please forgive the ugly sound of the mp3. I took the recording straight from my digital piano and the sound quality decreases when doing so.

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