Raindrop Prelude

SUNDAY, December 1, 2019

Just one note with chords…

Chopin wrote 24 Preludes in a set, one for each major and minor, inspired by Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier.

The so called Raindrop Pelude, not Chopin’s name for this composition, has a persistent repeated note that lasts for the whole piece. It sounds like a dreadfully boring idea to me, but it somehow works – fact quite brilliantly

Popular for 180 years…

This whole set of Preludes was written between 1835 and 1839, and since they have been famous and popular ever since we can see that this popularity started a long time ago. If, by the way, you want to get an idea of just how popular something older is, simply search for in YouTube and see how many different people are shown playing it.

An unusual performance…

Horowitz in this recording played the repeated note in the middle section, at least at the beginning, with what sounds like no sustain pedal. This makes it much harder because everything in the left hand has to somehow be connected, which quite possibly necessitated redistribution of the notes.

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