A mellow song for a Monday morning – Chopin Nocturne op.32 no.1

This beautiful Chopin Nocturne appears in the current ABRSM Grade 8 syllabus for piano. I also recently heard John Barstow perform this piece at The Piano Summer School in Hereford. It is a lyrical, poetic and dreamy piece with moments that unexpectedly pause in mid-air. The ending, however, shocks the listener out of reverie. Despite it’s lack of flair and virtuosity, it is often the simplest pieces that go straight to the heart and touch us the most deeply.

Finding out more about the piece and the composer:

  1. The key signature B major – any idea how many sharps are in this key signature?
  2. Frederic Chopin is a Polish composer born over 200 years ago. What else can you find out about him? My favourite bit of Chopin trivia is that his father was born in Lorraine in France!
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