Genre: Nocturne. Nocturnes Op. Schlesinger Nocturnes Op. The opening theme, which is also the principal theme of this work, returns often, slightly altered nearly every time. It bears a melancholy that is deepened by the almost obsessive repetition of the initial melody, which proceeds in a tempo and rhythm characteristic of nocturne contemplation. This elegiac aura is contrasted with a brief counter-theme: music that escapes for a moment into a realm of brighter sonorities A flat major , though it does so in vain. All that we have heard up to this point was merely a foretaste of what is to follow.
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Chopin was born in March , Schumann in June of the same year. They started out as fellow poets of the piano. By the s the piano had become a bourgeois status symbol; there was a reliable market for published piano compositions and an appetite for recitals by piano virtuosi. He released small-scale works regularly; the more accessible of his pieces fueled demand for his more adventurous works. When he withdrew from active concertizing, his compositional desire to explore, innovate, and experiment had free rein. Robert Schumann might have followed a similar path had he not abandoned piano performance even before his intended career trajectory was launched due, so the legend goes, to a hand injury. Many new fans of the VRS may not know of the long, rich history of VRS Schumann performances dating back to the earliest days of the society. But all are considered to some degree — problematic.
The two Nocturnes, Op. The piece is in ternary form ABA. It starts with the main theme which repeats once with only minor variations. The right hand plays a slow melody and the left hand accompanies with a bass note and then a chord, in crotchets.