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celestialriceball
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« on: July 02, 2011, 10:20:18 PM »

New to the forums. Searched, but I couldn't find anything.

(And by the way, to you picky-forumgoers who criticize every little thing, I know that nocturnes are meant to convey a feeling of emotion that most people don't describe as "happy")

Anyways, being the polar opposite to the "saddest nocturne" thread/threads floating around, what is the happiest nocturne? In my experience of listening to his nocturnes off/on, I would say Op. 9 No 2. However, what do you guys think? What is the most happiest/not-at-all-sad nocturne composed by Chopin?
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2011, 12:27:26 AM »

How about Op 32, No 2, A flat major?
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2011, 12:33:32 PM »

I'd say that those two are the happiest of his nocturnes. Op. 9, No. 2 is a classic piece that is probably the most famous candidate, and the Op. 32, No. 2, as redbaron said, is also a worthy contender.

Also, the Op. 32, No. 1 does have an almost Mozartesque joy to its opening theme.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2011, 12:08:16 AM »

I think Nocturnes op. 37 no. 2 and op. 27 no. 2 are the happiest ones.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2011, 06:36:32 PM »

I think I'd go for Op 15 number 1 Smiley Ok, the middle section sounds a little tortured but not as bad as most of his other stuff  Wink and it goes back to the pretty melody at the end!

Agree with the opus 32 - I'm playing number 1 at the moment but I can't work out whether it sounds happy or sadly beautiful...if that makes any sense Smiley

And yes the E flat one does sound happy in comparison with others.

I haven't heard all of them but I'd say all of them are 'sadly beautiful' in some way or another. But they have happy moments too  Cheesy

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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2011, 06:37:59 PM »

Forgot to say, somebody suggested op 27 no 2...if I'm right in thinking that's the one in d flat I can't listen to any more than 10 seconds of it without welling up!

Sad, I know. But it gets me  Cry
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chadbrochill17
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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2012, 07:31:32 PM »

Yeah, op. 27 no 2 is absolutely farthest from being happy.
Speaking of...
Can anyone give me some advice for the leggieris section and a few measures beyond? For the life of me I can't get them down.
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« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2012, 08:12:33 PM »

aren't they all suppose to be sentimental and sad?
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2012, 01:20:20 AM »

Op 32 no 1 is very beautiful and it has a hint of happiness until the end.  The end is much too jolting and dark to be considered happy.
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2012, 01:40:23 AM »

actually I'd throw op 55 no 2 in here as well. Pretty upbeat and light.
op 37 no 2 is pretty happy, although has a few dark spots.
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