Chopin 'Prelude No.15 in Db major'

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What ranges of the piano are explored in this piece?
Middle and lower ranges, with section A using the middle range and section B using the lower range.
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What word/s best describes the style it's played in?
Legato, Cantabile, Smooth, Rubato, Sostenuto (sustained pedal throughout), section B is chorale-like, lyrical, elegant and expressive!
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Where and what keys are explored in this piece?
Section A is in Db major and section B is in C sharp minor (enharmonic relationship)
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How would you describe the harmony?
It's largely diatonic with some chromaticism and chords I and V are mainly used. There are also imperfect and perfect candeces used at the end of sections to define the tonality. In section B there are some tonally ambigious chords and suspensions.
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What is harmonic device is the "raindrop" note?
An inverted dominant pedal
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Name some types of ornamentation used in this piece (mainly found in section A)
Acciaccaturas, turns, septuplets, etc.
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What bar is the mini cadenza in and what is it's effect on the texture?
It's b81 after the melody breaks off and it creates a monophonic texture as it dramatically thins the texture
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What structural form is the piece in?
Ternary form with a short codetta at the end (ABAcodetta). Sections A and B contrast in both tonality, mood and dynamics. It may also be described as rounded binary.
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What interval are between the chords accompanying the melody in section B?
Octaves, and this helps to thicken the texture.
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Describe the texture in this piece.
Mainly homophonic- melody and accompaniment, but there's monophony in the cadenza. The repeated quaver note (raindrop) permeates the texture.
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What typically romantic rhythmic feature is this piece played with?
Rubato as this helps convey emotion for it allows the pianist to be more expressive.
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Describe the main dynamic points in this piece.
Wide range from pp-ff to express emotion. Starts softly, marked sotto voce (half voice) and soft throughout sections A. Section B starts softly but crescendos right up to ff, which is much louder than the outer sections. Smorzando at end.
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What is the mood and how is it created?
Starts in a fairly light mood (major, soft dynamics) which then darkens (minor, loud, stormy)
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Finally, when was it composed?
1838 (19th century) in the Romantic Era
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