Chopin Nocturne - Famous Songs

Dec 29, 2021

In 19th century Europe, there was a man who spun sweet melodies in the salons where the aristocracy gathered.
His name was Frederic Chopin.

Chopin developed his own unique piano music, and his Nocturne, consisting of 20 pieces, is particularly famous.
In this article, we would like to introduce the history of "Nocturnes" composed by Chopin and his famous pieces.

◆What is Nocturne?
Derived from the Latin adjective nocturnus, meaning "of the night" or "belonging to the night," the word is translated in Japanese as "nocturne".
As the name suggests, most nocturnes are elegant and beautiful music suitable for playing at night.

◆Pioneers of Nocturne Field The nocturne genre has existed since before Chopin.
The genre was created by Irish composer John Field.
Like Chopin (or rather, this is the original), Field left behind 18 nocturnes that are full of delicate songfulness.

◆Chopin's famous nocturnes.
From here, we would like to introduce some of Chopin's famous nocturnes.

No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 9-1 The beautiful but nervous main part contrasts with the middle part full of simple song.
No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 9-2 This is one of Chopin's most famous nocturnes.
No. 8 in D-flat major, Op. 27-2 A masterpiece that shines with Chopin's beautiful melody. No. 13 in C minor, Op. 27-2
No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48-1 This is no longer salon music. It is a music of burning dark passion.
No. 20 in C-sharp minor (posthumous work) This piece became famous as the theme music for the movie "The Pianist at the Battlefield.
It was written for his sister, Ludwika Chopin, when she was practicing Piano Concerto No. 2.

◆Conclusion Chopin's music is not only beautiful. It is also very introverted and a bit spiky. Whether you play the piano or just love to listen to it, we invite you to visit this profound world.