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HN664

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

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    1. Composer: Frédéric Chopin
    2. Editor: Ewald Zimmermann
    3. Fingering: Hans-Martin Theopold
    4. Instrumentation: Piano
    5. ISMN: 979-020180664-8
    6. Size: 9.3 x 12.2 inches
    7. Pages: 4
    8. Urtext / Critical Edition

    Chopin composed his most popular Nocturne when he was about twenty. A sonorous foundation for the melodic line is provided by the widely spaced notes in the accompaniment, connected by the damper pedal. The waltz-like accompaniment gently emphasizes the 12/8 meter, 12 beats to the measure subdivided into four groups of 3 beats each.

    The nocturne is reflective in mood until it suddenly becomes passionate near the end. The new concluding melody begins softly but then ascends to a high register and is played forcefully in octaves, eventually reaching the loudest part of the piece, marked fortissimo. After a trill-like passage, the excitement subsides; the nocturne ends calmly.