Frédéric Chopin’s Nocturnes, Op. 27 are two solo piano pieces. They were composed in 1836 and published in 1837. The two piano pieces on the Op. 27 are both dedicated to Countess d’Appony.
As per David Dubal, the pieces are “more aptly described as ballades in miniature” while Blair Johnson states that these nocturnes are “two of the most powerful—and famous—nocturnes [Chopin] has ever penned” and that they are “virtually unrecognizable” to the nocturne tradition of John Field.
Free Classical Piano Music Sheet in PDF by Frederic Chopin – Nocturnes Op. 27
Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1
The first Nocturne, in C-sharp minor was marked larghetto and in 4/4 meter. It transitions to più mosso in measure 29. The piece then goes back to its original tempo in measure 84, and ends in an adagio beginning in measure 99. It measures long and written in ternary form with coda; the primary theme is established, followed by a secondary theme and a repetition of the first.
The opening piece alternates between major and minor while using arpeggios. James Friskin noted hat the piece requires an “unusually wide extension of the left hand” and also called the piece “fine and tragic”. James Huneker meanwhile commented that the piece is “a masterpiece”, directing to the “morbid, persistent melody” of the left hand. For David Dubal, the più mosso has a “restless, vehement power”.
Nocturne in D-flat major, Op. 27, No. 2
The second Nocturne, in D-flat major has been initially marked as lento sostenuto in 6/8 meter. It consists of two strophes, repeated in increasingly complex variations and is 77 measures long.
The piece has been featured in popular culture many times, such as in The Spy Who Loved Me film in 1977, the Russian film The Barber of Siberia in 1998, and the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.
|Name Translations:||녹턴, Op. 27; Nocturnes Op. 27; Nocturnes, Op. 27; 2 Notturni op. 27; 夜曲Op. 27 (蕭邦); Nocturns op. 27; Nokturny op. 27; المقطوعة الحالمة Op.27 (شوبان)|
|I-Catalogue Number:||IFC 67|
|Year/Date of Composition:||1836|