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Parceling out voices in Chopin’s Nocturne in F Major, Op. 15

Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass scoring in Chopin’s hauntingly beautiful F Major Nocturne (opening section) begs for an artistic examination through voice parceling. One cannot just paste the left hand onto the right, deferring entirely to the soprano. (soloist)

Meandering chromatics weave through the alto, tenor, and bass, creating unexpected harmonic events that influence melodic shaping, (phrasing) so they must be identified and explored.

Using Facetime Record, I set out to baby-step my way through a mosaic of lines, with an ear toward unexpected events and their emotional implications.

It was my return to a composition I had previously studied from the ground up.

Nocturne in F Major Op. 15, p1

Nocturne in F Major Op. 15 p. 2

2 thoughts on “Parceling out voices in Chopin’s Nocturne in F Major, Op. 15”

  1. These investigative analysis posts are just the goods and the reason I follow your blog Shirley. Thank you for taking the time to put them together. I look forward to more as I am sure I am not the only one of your readers who appreciates your wonderful work!


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