Nocturnes, Op. 62 (Chopin)
Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, No. 1
One of his last works, this Nocturne is full of mystery; the return of the main theme is full of shimmering trills and water colours (see image) and gypsy-like modes haunt the coda. The middle section is a muscular lament with driving rhythms. Characteristic of this Nocturne is thematic layering: within the multiple inner voicing contrapuntal interplay is recognized from very early within the Nocturne. This is characteristic of his mature works.
Nocturne in E major, Op. 62, No. 2
Nocturne in E major, Op.62, No.2 is one of Chopin's last works. The melody proceeds slowly and with stifled voice. The strength of emotion is articulated by the expression of the melody which complements the initial idea. It explodes, shattering the melody's calm passage with sudden leaps and runs before picking up the broken thread a moment later. This music sounds convulsively tense, played agitato, and like a nervous speech. The agitation soon subsides, however, giving way to the principal melody. This comes about in a wondrous and beautiful way. The melody returns with greater calm and poise than before the eruption of that inner storm.