Sheet Music: Nocturne

Alternate titlesNocturne in Eb major
Opus numberOp. 9, No. 2
ComposerFrédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyE-flat major
Time signature12/8
Tempo44 BPM
Performance time3:25
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2010-03-30
Last updated2010-03-30
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Tuesday 30 March 2010

Tune of the Day: Nocturne in E-flat major

by Frédéric Chopin, arranged for Flute and Piano

The Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2, is very possibly the most famous work ever penned by Frédéric Chopin. The Polish pianist composed it between 1830 and 1832, when he was about twenty.

Like much of Chopin's music, this nocturne is tinged with melancholy. However, despite its globally reflective mood, the piece suddenly becomes passionate near the end. The concluding melody begins softly, but then ascends to a high register, eventually reaching the loudest part of the piece, marked fortissimo. After a brilliant and almost hypnotic trill-like passage, the excitement subsides; the nocturne ends calmly.