Music - Chopin 'Prelude No. 15 in Db'

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Why is the piece nicknamed 'Raindrop'?
Because of the repeated quavers
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When was the piece composed?
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What is the structure of the piece called?
Ternary form
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Describe Section A
Lyrical melody accompanied by quavers in the bass. Db major
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Describe Section B
New melody in the bass, quavers heard above it. Narrower range and longer notes. Moved from major to minor. C# minor
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Describe Section A1
Shorter repeat of Section A that finishes with a brief coda. Db major
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What is the time signature?
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What is a septuplet?
Seven notes of equal length are played in a single crotchet beat
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How should the piece be played?
Legato, unhurried manner
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What length phrases make up most of the piece?
4/8 bar phrases
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Describe the harmony
Diatonic with occasional chromaticism
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How do parts A and B end?
Imperfect cadences
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How does the piece end?
Perfect Cadence
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Describe the texture?
Homophonic apart from 2 bars towards the end
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What is the melody in Section A supported by?
Broken chords
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Describe the texture in Section B
Chordal, double octaves and an inverted pedal
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What makes the texture in A1 different from A?
There is a short monophonic passage in the coda
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What parts of the piano is used the most?
Middle and lower ranges
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What does Chopin use frequently for dynamics?
Crescendos and Diminuendos
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Are there any sudden contrasts in dynamics?
No, but there is a wide range
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What pedal is used to create legato melodies?
The Sustaining Pedal
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