I have worked on this piece for about three months now. It certainly posed a lot of challenges, from technical to musical to psychological. In the end, though, I used it for a scholarship audition. The plan had been to use the audition to force myself to learn it, since there was something very real on the line. It worked in that sense, but it also provided a sense of deep accomplishment for myself that was completely unrelated to extrinsic rewards. It has quickly become one of my favorite pieces, either to listen to or to play.

This Nocturne, to me, feels like crying. It’s bitter and melancholy and frustrating, sure, but it also provides a sense of relief. Crying, from a biological perspective, releases hormones that help to alleviate sadness and anguish in our mind, stimulating our brains to feel better afterward. From a more emotional approach, it’s very cathartic. I will admit, there were parts of this piece that made me want to cry from frustration. Crying, though, helps to clear the mind and refocus. As a culture, perhaps one day we will start to see crying in a different light, similar to how one sees this piece: beautiful, emotional, and rewarding.

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Dr. Jeriel Jorguenson
Dr. Jeriel Jorguenson(@jeriel-jorguenson)
14 days ago

Picture: The image you chose well represents your vision of this piece, and matches your description almost exactly! Intro: Your intro essay was really moving! It can be difficult with some pieces, but when you overcome the challenges, as you did, you really feel the sense of accomplishment! Performance: You did a really good job with this rather tricky piece! I can tell you took great care with it. For your next… Read more »

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
29 days ago

Hello, Lola. Good luck with your scholarship audition. I don’t know you personally but I feel happy listening to your performance. Congratulations on your great accomplishment. I strongly agree. This piece is beautiful, emotional, and rewarding.

Last edited 29 days ago by Lotchie Carmelo
Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
23 days ago

Lola, I have listened to this performance of yours many times now, and each time it brings me to tears. When I was your age, I would often play this nocturne at night, with the lights turned low, to express things I felt but could not say in words. Music is a wonderful vehicle for “crying”, isn’t it? I’m so happy that you persevered until you had this nocturne under your fingers.… Read more »

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