The Nocturnes

by Frédéric Chopin (Poland 1810-1849)

An Analysis with Suggestions
for Interpretation
by Joseph Bloch & Peter Coraggio

Contents

General Information Concerning the Nocturnes

Origin of the Nocturne
Chopin’s Nocturnes
The Editions
Introduction to Chopin’s Two Left-Hand “Types”
Why Study the Nocturnes?
Chopin – Explorer of the Damper Pedal
The Forms of the Nocturnes
Metronome Marks
Fingering
The Opus Groupings
Transitions between Sections
Chopin’s Counterpoint
Chopin’s Ornamentation
Bel Canto Influence

The Early Nocturnes –
Written Before Chopin Arrived in Paris in 1831

Nocturne in E minor, Opus 71/1
Nocturne in C# minor, Opus posthumous
(Composed 1830, published in 1875)

The Later Nocturnes -
Written Between 1831 and 1849

Nocturne in Bb minor, Opus 9/1
Nocturne in Eb Major, Opus 9/2
Nocturne in B Major, Opus 9/3
Nocturne in F Major, Opus 15/1
Nocturne in F# Major, Opus 15/2
Nocturne in G minor, Opus 15/3
Nocturne in C# minor, Opus 27/1
Nocturne in Db Major, Opus 27/2
Nocturne in B major, Opus 32/1
Nocturne in Ab Major, Opus 32/2
Nocturne in G minor, Opus 37/1
Nocturne in G Major, Opus 37/2
Nocturne in C minor, Opus 48/1
Nocturne in F# minor, Opus 48/2
Nocturne in F minor, Opus 55/1
Nocturne in Eb Major, Opus 55/2
Nocturne in B Major, Opus 62/1
Nocturne in E Major, Opus 62/2
Nocturne in C minor, Opus Posthumous

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