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Chopin: Nocturne Op. posth - Easy Arrangement

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Chopin: Nocturne Op. posth - Easy Arrangement

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Frédéric Chopin: Nocturne, Op. posth: Lento con gran espressione

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

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

Key: D minor (original is in C-sharp minor)

This piece was actually not given the Nocturne title by Chopin, but originally referred to as its tempo marking Lento con gran espressione. In modern times it has however come to be regarded as a Nocturne because it shares all the characteristics of the genre: A singing, melancholic melody over slow, broken chords. As always in Chopin’s original music both hands constantly need to move to new positions even within a single harmonic unit. Here LH can stay in one place per harmony, and RH can get more of the pianist’s attention at capturing that soaring melody. The frightening small-note scales in the end has been shortened, but their contours preserved.

This arrangement is included in Simple Solutions VOLUME 2 (Intermediate ~ Grade 5)

Also, check out Simple Solutions VOLUME 1 (Elementary ~ Grade 3)


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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