B Section Answer for Chopin

A Practice B Section Answer I created when revising lat year - might not be perfect but I did get a high A* in the Exam! This is for Section B of Edexcel GCSE Music. Note : Chopin and (i think ) Buckley came up in 2011, so they probably won't come up in 2012 - but do check and know them anyway. Also note ( I learnt this from the chief examiner at a course) that one b option will be from AOS 1 and 2 and the other will be from AOS 3 and 4 - this means that you can be really prepared for 6 pieces in advance adn not 12. 

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Chopin's Piano Prelude No.15
B Section Model Answer
The piano prelude no.15 or `raindrop prelude' is an emotional and
melody based piece of work from the romantic era of western classical
music. It comprises of a ternary form, virtuosic piece for the piano
which was an instrument of much development throughout this era.
New hammers, pedals and an increased size meant a focus on this
melody dominated instrument. The prelude starts in D major with a
falling motif symbolic of raindrops. The repeated A flats are also said to
be raindrops. Ornaments such as turns, acciaccatura and a chromatic
septuplet all feature in this delicate melody line. The `B' section is
dramatically contrasted. The key changes to one of C sharp minor
which has a more melancholy mood. This section is said to be like a
storm. The expressive dynamics which become much louder and
extreme are married with a heavy crochet accompaniment. The
enharmonic equivalent, G sharps are used for the `raindrop'. The
melody undergoes augmentation towards the end of this section and
the G sharps are inverted pedals in the harmony. The texture is melody
dominated homophony. Chopin's uses tempo rubato as a key feature of
the expression in the piece.
Additional Points to Remember:
Sustained `sostenuto' marking
The use of pedal `sustained' for expression seen by markings on
the piece
`smorzando' ­ dying away
The monophonic ending lines and RITENUTO marking
Chromatic harmony common of the era

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