Sheet Music: Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor

TitleNocturne No. 20 in C-sharp minor
Alternate titlesLento con gran espressione
Opus numberOp. P 1 No. 16
ComposerFrédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC-sharp minor
Time signature4/4
Tempo66 BPM
Performance time3:30
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2010-07-12
Last updated2010-07-12
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Monday 12 July 2010

Tune of the Day: Nocturne in C-sharp minor

by Frédéric Chopin

This popular nocturne was composed by Frédéric Chopin in the year 1830 for solo piano and dedicated to his older sister, Ludwika Chopin. First published 26 years after the composer's death, the piece is also known by its tempo marking of “Lento con gran espressione” (“Slow with great expression”), or by the popular appellation “Reminiscence”.

The piece is featured in Roman Polanski's 2002 film The Pianist. It is played twice by the protagonist Adrien Brody as Władysław Szpilman, both times at the recording studio at Warsaw Radio at the beginning and the end of the film.