AOS1 The Raindrop Prelude - Chopin - 1838

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Metre, Rhythm and Tempo

Metre

4/4 common time

Rhythm

  • Sextuplets and dectuplets
  • Quaver based pedal note
  • A section melody - dotted notes and syncopation
  • B section melody - crotchet movement in melody

Tempo

Rubarto

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Dynamics, Accompaniment/Instrumentation and Textur

Dynamics

  • Sostenuto and piano mainly
  • Sotto voco - ff
  • A quiet
  • B louder and no crescendo

Accompaniment/Instrumentation

  • Piano - cantabile legato and rubarto
  • Pedal note - expressive

Texture

  • Chordal in B section
  • Mainly homophonic, short 2 bars of monophony at end
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Harmony and Tonality, Melody and Form/Structure

Harmony and Tonality

D flat major (A sec) - C sharp minor (B sec - enharmonic tonic minor) - D flat major

Melody

  • Descending melody in A section - sighing - 4 bar phrases (repeated with variation - 1st A sec)
  • B sec - 4 + 8 bar phrases - B melody has a narrow range, uses mainly crotchets, with longer notes in the bass
  • Dectuplets

Form/Structure

  • Melody dominated homophony to monophony
  • Ternary - ABA
  • No introduction, but a coda at end.
  • All sections are different lengths
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