The Most-Played Nocturne By Chopin
This piece is not the only Nocturne that Chopin wrote. In fact Chopin has six opus numbers dedicated to his nocturnes and even a few ones that were not officially published. This pieces is, however, the one Chopin nocturne that everyone seems to play. When someone mentions the Chopin Nocturne it is almost naturally assumed that it is the Op. 9 No. 2.
Why Is This Piece So Famous?
First of all, this piece is absolutely gorgeous. It sounds great and is a pleasure to listen to. It makes the list of 50 most beautiful piano pieces in almost every recording. Secondly, this piece feels good to play. It has educational value and is unique for technical development, but it just feels very good in the hands at the end of the day. Something about the Left Hand jumping up and down upon the chords that just clicks very well. Thirdly, this piece is not super difficult. (Unlike a lot of Chopin pieces). The nocturne can be played by intermediate pianists. Teachers that want to introduce Chopin to their students will oftentimes move to this Nocturne. (after his A Minor Waltz is done)
Some of my favorite moments in this pieces revolve around the harmony choices. The key is Eb Major, but there is a moment when Chopin uses a secondary dominant of C Major to go to the F Minor chord. I love that spot in particular. It just works so well and it gives a harmonic richness to the piece that is very satisfying. In fact, I very often times use that chord progression in my improvisations and compositions. In my Op. 4 Piano Fantasy(which I wrote for my wife Anastasia), I use the secondary dominant chord progression in a similar manner. Anyways please download the free sheet music and start learning the piece. You might as well do it as it seems everyone else is learning it too. Enjoy!