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Nocturne in B flat minor, Op 9 No 1
composer
1830/2; published in 1832; dedicated to Camille Pleyel

Recordings
'Chopin: Nocturnes' (CDD22013)
Chopin: Nocturnes
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'Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus' (CDA67371/2)
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
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'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
MP3 £45.00FLAC £45.00ALAC £45.00Buy by post £50.00 CDS44351/66  16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus' (SACDA67371/2)
Chopin: Nocturnes & Impromptus
This album is not yet available for download SACDA67371/2  2CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted  
Details
Track 3 on CDA67371/2 CD1 [5'59] 2CDs
Track 1 on CDS44351/66 CD8 [6'38] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 3 on CDD22013 CD1 [5'49] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Track 3 on SACDA67371/2 CD1 [5'59] 2CDs Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Nocturne in B flat minor, Op 9 No 1
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The Nocturne in B flat minor is sombre and plaintive, though Chopin ends the piece in major mode. The middle section is the most original: a melody presented in octaves with startling and rapid changes of harmony. It builds up to a pedal point (shadows of Bach) where for sixteen bars the harmony stays in D flat major, then chromatically returns to the tonic key. Sonority is of crucial importance here.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

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