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Me playing a Chopin Nocturne
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Now, my playing here is slow compared to performer's recordings but for one thing, this is after having focused more on Beethoven than on Chopin for months and another thing is that I wanted to get the octave leaps right and that involves me slowing down. There might be a few hesitations but overall, my polyrhythms and just rhythm here is almost mathematical precision. I also think that I get more emotion out of playing it slow than I get from your average 4 minute recording of this nocturne.

This Nocturne in Eb op. 9 no. 2 is the first Chopin piece I ever learned. I tried to learn a Chopin waltz years before I learned this nocturne and it was much harder than I thought and I eventually gave up on trying to learn Chopin early into my piano playing and focused on Mozart instead for several years. Then I learned this nocturne because compared to most other Chopin pieces, this nocturne is easy. And being familiar with triplets from playing Mozart's Theme from Piano Concerto no. 21 helped when I was learning this piece.

So here is the video of me playing Nocturne in Eb by Chopin:



What do you think of it?

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Re: Me playing a Chopin Nocturne
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yeah, the rhythm/timing was very accurate (if we forget a few hesitations)
interesting range of dynamics, although it may sound more complete if you eventually put it together to performance speed (or maybe a bit slower than performance speed, as you said, more emotion from playing slow)
if you want to learn an easier nocturne, i'd say the one in F# minor (48-2). It has little jumping around, and the most polyrhythm it has is 3 on 2. funny how its paired with his hardest nocturne... shocked
but yeah overall, good so far


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