Chopin: Raindrop Prelude in Dbmajor - revision flashcards

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What key is this piece in?
Db major
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What period is this piece from?
The Romantic period
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What form is this piece in (its structure)?
Ternary Form (ABA)
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What is the main texture?
Homophonic
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What does smorzando mean?
Dying away
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What is the second section key?
C# minor
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What does rubato mean?
'Robbed time', flexible tempo - no strict tempo so the piece can slow then rush
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What is a cantabile melody?
A melody played like the piano is singing
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What dynamic features are used?
Crescendos and Diminuendos
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How do the dynamics change?
They change gradually - no sudden changes
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What is the metre of the piece?
4/4
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What technique decorates the melody?
Ornamentation
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What cadence does the piece end on?
A perfect cadence (5 to 1)
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What harmonic groups are used?
Diatonic harmonies with occasional chromatic
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How do the dynamics change from section A to B?
The dynamics build up at section B to match the mood
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What 2 pedals are used?
The sustain pedal and a pedal note.
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What creates the sound of the raindrops?
Light, repeated quavers
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What range of dynamics is there?
A wide range (pp to ff)
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What hand plays the melody in Section A?
The right hand
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What hand plays the melody in Section B?
The left hand
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What cadence does each section finish with (not the coda)?
An imperfect cadence (ending on chord 5)
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When was this piece composed?
1839
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What does the sustain pedal do?
Allows the strings to vibrate freely so they can ring out
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What does sostenuto mean?
Rather slow
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What does sotto voce mean?
Below the voice
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What is the dominant pedal?
A repeated note on the dominant note of the key
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Where is the texture monophonic?
The 2 bars at the end of the piece
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