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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 Any advice for Chopin Nocturne op.9, no.2 ?
March 17, 2004, 01:11:10 PM by drooxy

Hi everyone !

The subject is clear enough I think !!

And also, more generally, is there any technic, trick, ... to master these repeated left hand leaps (like "Fundamental"/Chord - "Fundamental"/Chord - etc.) that are very often encountered in Chopin works (but also in ragtime style, etc.).

I am looking for advices to improve their playing but also to avoid to get suddenly lost in the middle of them like it happens quite often to me... especially when I have a 'public' !  Cry

Some questions come to my mind, like should I avoid looking at my left hand ? ...

Thanks very much for any help here !


xx Trills for Chopin Nocturne 9 no.2
April 15, 2004, 09:17:21 PM by lani

My daughter would like any advice on techniques for practicing the trill at the end of the Nocturne.  So far her teacher has told her to "roll" the wrist and fingers and she has been trying do this everyday for five minutes or so, before it gets really tired.  To her, it is still not achieving the sound that we've heard played by her teacher or by the recordings we have (Jeno Jando, Naxos).  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Lani

xx Chopin's Nocturn  Op. 9 No. 2
October 13, 2004, 08:04:07 AM by seepiano

I am pretty sure that someone already asked how to overcome the right hand pattern at almost the end of the piece. However, I did the search and I couldn't find the post.

Can anyone give me advice to practice this, or give me the like to that topic please?

Thank you.

xx Chopin - Right hand leads... ?
October 18, 2004, 04:23:33 PM by drooxy

Hi everyone !

I am still polishing the Nocturne Opus 9 N°2 (yes, I just love it !) and to do so, I listen to different interpretations of it. I listen more specifically (or more often) to the Rubinstein's version which, I believe, can be taken as a fairly good example !  Wink

Now, I have quite recently realized (better late than never  Grin !) that the left hand has not to be regular, especially during the rubato... I would tend to think that the right hand actually leads the music. One should let it sing freely, and the left hand will follow.

Is that a good perception ?

Thank you !

xx Trying to learn Chopin Nocturne Op9-2
February 28, 2005, 05:12:22 PM by tonedeaf

I really really want to learn Chopin Nocturne Op9-2. But I just started piano for about less than 5 months. I'm trying for the Grade 3 ABRSM exam this year. I can play the pieces for the Grade 3 exam. But when I try playing Op9-2, I always stumble. (even for the first few bars). The problem is that my brain cannot process whether this note that I am going to play shld be played as a flat or a natural.

Can some kind soul give me some advice on how to start learning this piece? I really really really really want to learn it.


xx Chopin - Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 No. 2 - How long did it take for YOU to learn it?
May 04, 2005, 04:54:22 PM by j0no

Like the topic says. To you who has played this piece: How long did it take to learn it?

And which is the best method of learning it in your opinon? For the moment I work with one bar at a time using HT.

xx Chopin - Nocturne Opus 9 no. 2 in E-flat, as performed by Derek Andrews
May 11, 2005, 12:52:22 AM by Derek

Hi everyone, I thougt I'd put up one of my repertoire pieces instead of nothing but improvisations. Please give me feedback! 

Disclaimer: this is the first time I've successfully recorded a repertoire piece and had it sound half decent. So go easy on me. lol. Oh, and the reason the volume sounds uniform is because I compressed it in Cool Edit. Makes my piano sound bigger.

xx chopin nocturne, no.2 op.9
February 23, 2006, 02:28:43 PM by pianofiend

Hey everyone, my first post!
Just wondering what grade (ish) this piece is? I've been lead to believe it's 7  (ABRSM standard) but i'm not sure! Thanks

xx Chopin Nocturne in E Flat Major
July 04, 2006, 08:59:20 PM by ripstrike

I'm currently learning this, but have a couple of problems...

My left hand sounds at the correct speed during most of the piece, but during the trills, it seems to drag on for far too long, making the trill stupidly long. Is the trill meant to be quite long, or should I speed up the left hand?

Also, the grace notes at the end: When I try to play them quickly, I seem to lose control of my fingers, and the notes keep coming out in the wrong order... Is there any way to combat this?


xx Chopin - Nocturne op 9 no 2
August 13, 2006, 04:55:02 PM by kartman

After lurking around for 8 months and making an occasional post here, I decided to join the audition game and post my first recording:

Chopin - Nocturne op 9 no 2

The dynamics and timing could've been better on the third page. The rest of the piece I'm happy with.
Looking forward to hear your comments!  Smiley

xx Chopin Nocturne Op9 No2
October 18, 2007, 02:32:49 PM by guermantes

Hi !

I'm working on the above nocturne and would like some advice on how to better my playing of measure 32 (cadenza-like right hand writtten in small notes). The preceding arpeggioed chord is the dominant seventh on B flat. The small notes are embroideries of the B flat of the chord.

Not counting the first C flat, the run can be broken up into 4 groups of 12 notes and the remainder could be seen as preparation of the final two measures of the piece and not part of the "run" proper.

I've always found it useful to practice notes that are grouped in 4's (such as groupes of four 16ths) in groups of three notes and viceversa to avoid always stressing the beginning of each group as written.

So I've practiced in groups of three notes starting from each different note (there are 4 obviously), starting with one group of three, then 2 groups of three, etc. lowering the wrist at the start of each practice unit and raising it at the end of the same.

After this practice, I launch the whole run at full speed and have then found it difficult to remember where I am in all the repetitions. So, I play the first group of 12 (not counting the initial Cflat) piano, crescendo on the 2nd group, forte for the 3rd group, decrescendo on the 4th group with the same but minimal lowering and raising of the wrist without leaving the keyboard.

Would anyone else have some light to shed on this subject ?

Many thanks in advance.

xx What does this mean in Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2?
November 19, 2007, 04:46:06 AM by powertoold

Hello, I am not sure what this notation means in the sheet music. Would anyone please help me?

Thank you!

xx Is Chopin Op. 9 No. 2 a reasonable goal after Op. 24 No .15?
November 21, 2008, 09:24:48 PM by xpjamiexd

So yes the question's in the title. Any help or advice?

xx Chopi Nocturne Opus 9 Nr.2
June 22, 2010, 01:17:59 PM by jono1

I'm learning this piece but having some problems with the pedalling.  Page 1 and 3  of the Urtext copy shows all the pedalling in great detail.  However page 2 has no pedalling signs until the last bar.  Does this mean no pedalling.  It seems nigh on impossible to play smoothly without some pedalling.    Any one else out there had this problem?

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