Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne, Op. 9 no. 2
PDF Sheet music, piano solo
Simple Solutions arrangement by Henrik Kilhamn
Approximate Grade: 5
Scale 1 - 8: Beginner - Advanced
Key: E-flat major, same as original
This is a well-known piano piece that is not easy at all! To be able to let the lovely melody flow freely in RH, LH needs to be very comfortable playing big leaps and thick chords that change on every 8th note. Here this Um-pa-pa setup is collapsed into one comfortable position per harmony, which gives RH all the flexibility it needs for the complete melodic line (only simplified at dense ornament variations). The cadenza in the end has both a shorter version and one closer to the original if the four-note group is repeated twelve times instead of four, which can be a bit strenuous for the unexperienced hand.
This arrangement is included in Simple Solutions VOLUME 2 (Intermediate ~ Grade 5)
Also, check out Simple Solutions VOLUME 1 (Elementary ~ Grade 3)
ABOUT SIMPLE SOLUTIONS
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.
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