Chopin Raindrop Prelude

(Mar 14, 2019)

One of the most famous pieces by Chopin…

The performance is unusual in that the middle section is usually played  with more pedal. Horowitz starts it with almost no pedal, and in a couple other places uses half pedal.

The very steely sound comes from his piano, which was always adjusted by his technician to be extremely bright (by adjusting the felts on the hammers.)

I don’t teach this much. It’s very easy to play badly but insanely difficult to play musically. Most people play it in a very monotonous way, and in the hands of a poor student it can be excruciating.

 

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9 thoughts on “Chopin Raindrop Prelude

  1. I can hear at the beginning the soft part.. In middle it goes to loud then soft again. It seems after the middle it stays in a loud range. It switches from F to FF to FFF and back again.

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    1. It’s what we call an A/B/A form, meaning that you have something at the beginning and end that is pretty much the same, then a middle section, which is the C section. All of the tension and drama happens in the middle section. By the way, dynamics are always like this: f, ff, fff, or p, pp, ppp. Always small letters. In music you will see: f, ff, fff, p, pp, ppp. Always italicized.

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