Hi everyone. I'm a new member. I'm a blues and Jazz musician, now redeeming myself at age 51 and finally trying to study classical music I have searched the net but can't find the answer to this:
When I see, for example:
"Nocturne #17 in B Opus 62/1" What does all this mean? (I know what "in B" means, lol, the rest is Greek to me)
1. #17 means what? Is this what Chopin himself called it? Or did somebody arbitrarily call it that after Chopin died?
2. Opus means? I think it means "Body of work" or something, no? But if so, how did one differentiate between one Opus and the next? Did the composer himself decide this at the time he was composing, or, again, was this something decided on later?
3. 62/1 - what does this mean? I know it means Opus 62, number 1, but "number one" what exactly? The first nocturne he wrote during that particular Opus, (whatever that is)? And if so, why do we need to call it "Nocturne #17" in addition to calling it "number one"
Etc etc. As you can see I'm pretty confused about all this. A jazz musician writes a song, calls it "Night Train" and is done with it. I hope one of you could be is kind as to explain the system to me. Many thanks.
Thanks for help, anyone!