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Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 no. 1 - Easy Arrangement

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Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9 no. 1

PDF Sheet music, piano solo
Simple Solutions arrangement by Henrik Kilhamn

Approximate Grade: 5
Scale 1 - 8: Beginner - Advanced

Key: Easy key A minor + Original key B-flat minor included

This is one of the most popular Chopin Nocturnes for intermediate pianists, even in the original version. Big portions of it are all right, but there are some extreme polyrhythms (like 11 vs 6) that gives the piece a very high threshold. Here they are rounded down to equal triplets or 16th notes that preserve the contour very well, and there are no different rhythms in LH to worry about either. The middle section has a slower musical pulse, but the textural configuration is still made easier with only one line in RH instead of octaves, and more compact units in LH. I have also put in repeat signs that show where the music starts over, even though they are written out in the original. The all-natural key of A minor is much easier to read than B-flat minor with five flats.

This arrangement is included in Simple Solutions VOLUME 3 - Nights & Dreams (Intermediate ~ Grade 5)

Also, check out:
Simple Solutions VOLUME 1 (Elementary ~ Grade 3)
Simple Solutions VOLUME 2 (Intermediate ~ Grade 5)


This is for everyone who loves the great piano repertoire but haven’t (yet) developed the skill required to master it. After all, the big composers wrote music for professional musicians, and it takes many years of studies to achieve a level sufficient to play their pieces as written. However, the musical material can be separated into melody, harmony, rhythms, and textures, and in some cases simplified while preserving the core ideas. This is what I have done in these arrangements of some of the most beloved piano melodies by the great composers. In this easier setting, you will instead have enough time on your hands (literally!) to bring the music to life and care about those aspects that often otherwise come second: phrasing, articulation, dynamics, and balance. This will help you develop your over-all musicality, which will be of great value in all other pieces as well.

I believe you have the right to enjoy playing this great music with your own hands, even when the original writing is beyond your present level or would require too much time and effort. In the end, if you feel ready for a challenge and want to go forward with proper piano studies that requires years of practice—the originals are always there. In the meantime, these arrangements will bring you close to the same enjoyment, because all musical ideas are carefully conserved.

They are just a little bit easier.

The arrangement comes in two versions: both transposed to an easier key signature as well as kept in the original key.

The "Easy key" transposed version is recommended for the most comfortable Simple Solutions experience. It's much easier to read notes without many sharps or flats, which frees up a lot of attention for all other musical aspects solely at a cost if you have perfect pitch. The version in original key serves the purpose of constituting a proper stepping stone if you wish to continue with the full original later on, whithout having to unlearn all harmony because it was in the wrong key.

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Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 no. 1 - Easy Arrangement

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