The Nocturne in C-sharp minor is a solo piano piece composed by the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin in 1830. This piece was used in Roman Polanski’s 2002 film The Pianist which tells the story of Polish-Jewish musician Władysław Szpilman
Although nocturne means night, a piano nocturne is usually very expressive and lyrical and creates a specific mood. It is my goal to learn to play this piece.
Watch this recording of Władysław Szpilman playing the Nocturne. I feel privileged being able to see this recording knowing his life story of surviving World War II and persecution by the Nazis. Szpilman died in 2000 aged 88.
This blog article is for my good friend and piano mentor who is learning to play this nocturne. I am looking forward to hearing you play it.
Here is a public domain score from IMSLP.
Nocturne from Cantorion (PDF link)
More information from Wikipedia about Chopin’s 21 nocturnes