Chopin wrote the Nocturne in C-sharp minor (op. posth.) in 1830, but it was only published 40 years later in 1870.

Dedicated to his sister, Ludwika “as an exercise before beginning the study of my second Concerto”, there are some interesting parallels with some of the themes between the Nocturne and the Concerto no. 2 in F minor, op. 21. Getting to know the concerto will certainly enhance your appreciation of this beautiful Nocturne.

I decided to put together a video walkthrough of the introduction only. The reason for this is I have noticed over the years examining and adjudicating this piece that I have never once heard the introductory bars played to my satisfaction. Maybe it’s because they look easy, and players don’t bother to practise them much. However, like any introduction first impressions count for a lot. If these bars don’t engage the listener, communication of the rest of the piece is likely to suffer.

A walkthrough of the opening of Chopin’s Nocturne in C-Sharp Minor (Op. Posth.)

Further reading & resources

  • For my blog post on the annotated study edition and video on how to play the LH arpeggio patterns, click here
  • A full series of detailed video walkthroughs and worksheets for this work is available on the Online Academy here.
  • My Annotated Study Edition for this work can also be purchased separately from our store here.

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