Chopin Raindrop Prelude

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  • Created on: 29-06-13 13:19
structure and tonality
ternary form( ABA). A-d flat major. B-much longer, mostly c sharp minor. final A- much shorter, d flat major. concludes with a codetta in D flat major
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harmony
based on diatonic harmonies. first 10 bars entirely diatonic. keeping with harmonic trends od the romantic period, uses chromatic harmonies to, e.g. c flat in bar 12 creates a minor chord instead of the major chord in bar 9
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mood and dynamics
opening- graceful and simple, repeating A flat creates the feel of gently falling rain. soft dynamics. middle section- minor keys makes mood sombre and grey. tremendous build in dynamics creates stormy effect.
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melody
opens with a descending motive. covers the interval of a 6th. middle section based on a chorale like melody
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texture
melody dominated homophony throughout. melody moves around in texture. starts at the top, is in base in section B. in codetta,its in the middle
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rhythm
repeated quaver pedal point, representing rain, throughout.this never overpowers the melody. dotted rhythm in opening theme adds delicacy and grace to the melody. chrale melody in B section uses mostly crotchets for solemn effect.
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instrumentation
features of new romantic piano. sustain pedal creates legato and cantibile melody line. could have used the una chord to create very soft pianissimo at the end
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Card 2

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based on diatonic harmonies. first 10 bars entirely diatonic. keeping with harmonic trends od the romantic period, uses chromatic harmonies to, e.g. c flat in bar 12 creates a minor chord instead of the major chord in bar 9

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harmony

Card 3

Front

opening- graceful and simple, repeating A flat creates the feel of gently falling rain. soft dynamics. middle section- minor keys makes mood sombre and grey. tremendous build in dynamics creates stormy effect.

Back

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Card 4

Front

opens with a descending motive. covers the interval of a 6th. middle section based on a chorale like melody

Back

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Card 5

Front

melody dominated homophony throughout. melody moves around in texture. starts at the top, is in base in section B. in codetta,its in the middle

Back

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