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

About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: OR or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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2 Responses to Parceling out voices in Chopin’s Nocturne in F Major, Op. 15

  1. Robin Thomson says:

    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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