May 4

Chopin Nocturne Op. 55 No. 2

It took me 20 min to record this Chopin Nocturne Op. 55 No. 2, but I spent the whole night making it into a video with the score for any pianist who is interested in seeing what is happening in the piece.

This is one of Chopin’s later Nocturnes and is very different from the rest in the same genre. It is gorgeous piece but rarely heard. I assume this is partly due to its technical difficulties. There are hardly any rests in either hand, hence creating an infinite flowing effect.  Voicing can be somewhat difficult in this piece, as the right hand  has to control a main melody (top voice) plus a counter melody (middle voice). Even though the left hand only has a single arpeggio line throughout the piece, it can be a challenge to keep the continuous movement smooth and expressive, as there are a lot of big leaps in the arpeggios — The way I deal with this issue, of course, is to play the top notes in the left hand with my right hand when there is not enough time for the the left hand to do the leaps, and also, of course, to practice hands separately.The most difficult part — how do you make the piano, a “percussion” instrument in nature, sound like human voice?

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Posted May 4, 2013 by admin in category "audio tracks", "chopin

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