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Chopin: Nocturne Op. posth. in C-sharp Minor

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Frédéric Chopin - Nocturnes :
Nocturne, Op. posth.
Nocturne Op. posth.  in C-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music
Key: C-sharp Minor Year: 1830
Level: 8 Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (73 kB)

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xx Chopin's Nocturne C# min Opus post advice?
November 12, 2004, 09:10:41 PM by dorfmouse

I'm wondering about how to tackle the last section, bars 57 -60. These are long RH runs of 18,35,11 and 13 each against 4 quavers in the LH. The notes themselves aren't difficult but I'd like your suggestions on how freely or not to play them ... do you try to play the RH rhythmically accurately against the LH... lots or a little rubato?
The only recording I have to listen to is a violin arrangement played by Nigel Kennedy in which these notes soar wistfully into the ether. I want to be ethereal too!!!

question Triplets against quavers in Chopin's (Posth.) Nocturne in C#m - Help!
December 29, 2004, 06:38:27 PM by andy21

Hi, does anyone have any tips on how to practice the triplets against quavers in Chopin's posthumus nocturne in C# minor?  They occur once in bar 7 (1 set of triplets against 2 quavers), then the same in bar 15, along with 5 notes against 2 quavers, then 2 sets of triplets against 1 quaver each! It's really stressing me out.

xx Chopin Nocturne in C#-
March 29, 2005, 10:03:47 PM by kghayesh

I have learnt and mastered Chopin's Nocturne no.20 in C# minor Op.posth. It is a very beautiful and sensitive piece. Actually what made me feel that was when i heard in Polanowski's masterpiece 'The Pianist'.

I play it with approximately the same tempo i hear in all recordings. Although, i have a recording for Wladyslaw Szpilman himself playing it that was recorded in 1948. He was playing it in a strangely fast tempo (nearly Moderato).
The problem is that my teacher wants me to play it much slower. It keeps saying that it is written Lento on top of it, but i don't know whether Lento means that slow......

I want to know whether it is correct to play it so slowly or what???

xx Chopin Nocturne in C# minor posthumous
September 29, 2005, 08:40:19 PM by acha114

Hi all, does anyone have the sheet music for Chopin's Nocturne in C# minor no.20 posthumous? I tried searching here without success, and the version at www.sheetmusicarchive.net seems to be corrupted. Any assistance would be appreciated as I really like this piece and would like to play it someday.


xx Chopin´s Nocturne C# and Debussy´s Claire De Lune
March 17, 2006, 06:43:22 PM by nik0

I see that people here aren´t too eager to comment those blues things, so I decided to warm up some old classical pieces..

Debussy: Claire De Lune http://koti.mbnet.fi/niko87/claire_de_lune.mp3

Chopin: Nocturne in C# minor http://koti.mbnet.fi/niko87/nocturne.mp3

xx Nocturne In C# Minor
April 13, 2006, 07:22:26 PM by justliam

Any thoughts welcome, although this is a fairly early recording when I was learning, so it's smoothed out etc, but comments on the shape and tone in general appreciated.  Bear in mind though, it was played on a turd casio keyboard Sad

xx Chopin - Nocturne in C# Minor
April 13, 2006, 07:55:23 PM by justliam

I posted this in Repetoire as well by accident, so sorry for the double post ------------------------------Any thoughts welcome, although this is a fairly early recording when I was learning, so it's smoothed out etc, but comments on the shape and tone in general appreciated.  Bear in mind though, it was played on a turd casio keyboard Sad

xx Chopin nocturne C#-, historical background?
April 24, 2006, 06:22:49 AM by emmdoubleew

I'm wondering why this piece is posthumous.

I know that "op. 72" was posthumously published against Chopin's wishes and was the first nocturne he wrote, but no idea about this one.

My edition (by william palmer from the original sources) says: "This piece was composed in 1830. It was published without opus number by Leitgeber, a Polish firm, in 1875. At the top of the first edition, these words (in Polish) appear:
'For my sister Louise to play, before she practices my second Concerto'"

Does anyone know more?

xx Chopin Nocturne in C# Minor, posthumous Tips on playing
September 03, 2006, 05:01:37 PM by eyeballnick

Subject says all....Smiley ty

xx Nocturne No.20 in C-# minor posthumous Sheet?
November 30, 2006, 04:31:09 PM by xinox

Please, does anyone have sheet for Chopin's posthumous nocturne in C minor (But not the one from sheetmusicarchive.net because it is completely wrong!..
I've been searching for this for a weeks and there is nothing (except the wrong one).. (Of course I can' buy it cause i don't have cc..)

Thank you!

xx scales in chopin c# nocturne
February 01, 2007, 03:35:19 AM by just_me

'allo! i'm working on the c# min nocturne (the posthumous one) and i was wondering what is the convention on rhythmic division of the scales in the last few measures that are divided into 18, 35, 11 and 13 divisions, distributed over two full beats.  should these ornaments be distributed equally (e.g., 18 = 9 notes up and 9 back down) OR should the apex of the glissando come ON the beat (it appears to precede it, so i was wondering if that is something unique to chopin or the period or...the typeset of the edition i'm using). if anyone has any guidelines on how to divide these and/OR a good way to practice these microdivisions with the metrenome, i'd really appreciate it!

xx chopin nocturne c# minor posth
February 15, 2007, 02:43:23 AM by pianistimo

here's something for sleeping.  the first part reminds me of a mother saying 'go to sleep my ba-by'  and then the lullaby starts.

xx Chopin Nocturne in C# Min (posthumous)
September 09, 2007, 10:06:14 AM by kyliec

Hi all,
I've been lurking in the background for a few weeks now and am enjoying the forum.
Thought I'd post this Nocturne - have been working on it for a couple of months now. There are a couple of stumbles in it and is definitely a work in progress. I would value any constructive criticisms or comments.
Cheers, Kylie

xx Chopin Nocturne c# minor op. posth.
October 03, 2007, 09:02:47 PM by eoghan

This is my first ever post to this forum.
The posthumously published  nocturne in c sharp by Chopin divides listeners into 2 categories - those who think it does the composer no service at all to play it, and those who see beauty in it which makes it a worthwhile piece. I subscribe to  the second group.
This performance was done on my upright Schimmel piano (builr in 1989). I used an Audio Technica mic. into a Teac DAT recorder.
I find it an enjoyable work to play (and to listen to).

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