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Chopin Prelude No.15 in D flat major,
1838 Op. 28

Style and period Romantic era features (1800-1900):
Rise in nationalism
Emphasis on expressing a wide range of
Longer and more developed melody
Rise of the virtuoso performer
Expansion of the orchestra
Development of the piano
More chromatic harmony…

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Coda - less melodic

Pedal markings help make the melodic line
legato cantabile

Dynamics Varied dynamics: pp-ff
Diminuendo and crescendo often used.
Smorzando is used to make the piece quieter
and slower near the end.
Slentando- gradually slower
Ritenuto- held back(getting slower)

Section A
Starts softly wit a P…

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Metre 4/4- quadruple time

Structure This piece is a prelude, which would normally be
the opening for another piece but in the
romantic period they became popular as
stand-alone pieces.

Loose Ternary form
A(27 bars)-D flat major
B(47 bars)-C # major (enharmonic minor)
A(6bars)-D flat major
Codetta(8 bars)- D flat…

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Sombre mood is broken by the Dramatic E major
chord which is chord IV of G# minor.
A perfect cadence at the end of the dramatic E
major section
Here is an inverted dominant pedal, the G# is the
dominant and it is inverted as it is on the


Samuel Richardson


Excellently presented set of notes analysing the different aspects of Chopin's Prelude in Db Major. 

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