Raindrop Prelude

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Which era is this piece of music from?
Romantic ~ 1820-1899.
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What form is this piece of music in?
Ternary (ABA).
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What is the instrumentation of this prelude?
Piano only.
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What time signature is used?
Common time.
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Which key signatures are used?
A: Db Major B: C# Minor
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Give one piano technique used throughout Section A but little at all in Section B.
Pedal.
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Describe the dynamics in Section A.
They begin piano and often swell with no sudden dynamics, with a crescendo towards the end of the section.
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Describe the dynamics in Section B.
There are still dynamic swells, but these are less common and crescendo more, with more sudden dynamic changes and with fortissimos yet very short diminuendos and long crescendos. Towards the end of the section, the number of swells increases into A.
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Describe the melody in Section A.
The singing melody is played by the right hand and uses a balance of basic rhythms and more complex rhythms with a lot of articulation, as common in the Romantic Era. There are grace notes and acciacaturas and the melody modulates (Bb m) once.
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Describe the melody in Section B.
Played by the left hand and is chorale like, with little note decoration and using much longer notes than in Section A. The melody is much more sombre and rarely uses the pedal. Most of the notes are minims and semibreves yet the tempo is the same.
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Describe the harmony/accompaniment in Section A.
Played by the left hand, uses mainly quavers for the raindrop feel. Provides the basis for modulation between keys. There is no ornamentation in the harmony line. Keeps the tempo constant.
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Describe the harmony/accompaniment in Section B.
Played by the right hand, plays just Gs for the first 8.5 bars as a pedal point to contrast Section A, which kept changing notes in the harmony. The lower notes indicate a darker tone. There are a few accents on some of the notes for emphasis.
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What is the tempo marking and what does it mean?
Sostenuto, sustained.
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What type of chords are played in Section B for a dark tone?
Static harmony chords.
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How does the texture change in terms of thickness between Sections A and B?
The texture is thicker in Section B because of the chords used.
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What is the texture throughout?
Melody Dominated Homophony.
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Why might this be called the Raindrop Prelude?
The tonic pedal used throughout indicates consistency as does the constant beat and quavers.
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