Preludes Music Definition Essay

  • student at daca 10 months ago

    where could you find what instruments he uses

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  • RaphGeld 2 years ago

    Thanks so much, music essay is now finished!

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  • Toby 3 years ago

    You should also remember it is in ternary form, but otherwise really insightful.

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  • zaman 3 years ago

    this really helped- but could you please make the analysis more specific like harmony being separate from tonality and analyse them in more depth?

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  • ben 4 years ago

    i can tell you don't actually know what you are talking about, and i'm a mere student

  • anonymous 4 years ago

    of course it isn't a virtuoso performance, it's grade 6 at it's best, she is right to say that it isn't.

  • anonymous 4 years ago

    Under 'Instruments and Dynamics' you've put that this piece is not virtuosic but it actually is because it demands immense technical skill?

  • Anthropophobia 4 years ago

    No problem, good luck to all of you with your exam tomorrow!

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  • woody 4 years ago

    i have an exam on this oops i don't get this 1 bit

  • Anthropophobia 4 years ago

    Thank you! Good luck with the revision!

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  • Anthropophobia 5 years ago

    Great that I could help you! Best of luck with your essay. :)

  • MitsukiManga 5 years ago

    Thank you for the help! Wouldn't have been able to do my music essay without these good points :)

  • Anthropophobia 5 years ago

    No problem! All the best in the exam tomorrow! :)

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  • Anthropophobia 5 years ago

    Thank you, I'm glad you found it useful.

    Good luck in the exam!

  • Student 5 years ago

    Really helpful, will definitely use this information in the exam!


  • Frederic Chopin was a Polish composer and pianist during the Romantic period.

    Chopin - Prelude in D Flat major Op.28

    Chopin was born in Poland in 1810 and later settled in Paris. He had a famous love affair with the French novelist Amantine Dupin, best known by her pseudonym, George Sand. Chopin died of tuberculosis at the age of 39.

    Statue of Chopin

    Chopin composed during the Romantic period (roughly the 19th century). Music of the Romantic period was highly emotional and expressive with strong lyrical melodies and rich harmony.

    Most Romantic composers, including Schubert, Brahms and Liszt, wrote short piano pieces. Nearly all of Chopin’s compositions are for piano. They include nocturnes, waltzes, studies (etudes), and two piano concertos. Chopin’s piano pieces were written to be played at home as well as in the concert hall.

    The Prelude In D Flat Major was completed in 1839. It is taken from a set of 24 preludes (one for each of the 12 major keys and one for each of the 12 minor keys). A musical prelude is often an introductory piece but not in this case. The short pieces are self-contained and free-standing.

    The Prelude in D flat is nicknamed the Raindrop Prelude. It is often said that this refers to the persistent repeated notes which sound like rain falling. However, Chopin disliked descriptive titles and he did not give it this nickname. The idea came from George Sand who told of the sound of dripping water falling on the roof where they were staying in Majorca.

    The score is very detailed – it includes a lot of markings for the performer to follow. These include pedal markings, fingerings, dynamic markings, and Italian terms. The pedal markings are given under the bass stave. They show the pianist where to depress the pedal (ped.) and release it (a star-shaped sign). The fingerings are given by small numbers on some of the notes. The dynamic markings refer to the loudness or quietness of the notes.

    Here are the Italian terms and their English definitions:

    Italian termEnglish definition
    sostenutorather slow
    sotto vocebelow the voice, in an undertone
    smorzandofading away
    slentandobecoming broader, gradually slower
    prestovery quick
    ritenutoimmediately slower

    Like many short piano pieces of the Romantic period, this prelude is in ternary form – a three-part form (ABA1) where the second A section is the same as, or very similar to, the first A section. The B section provides a contrast to the outer sections. The basic structure of the Chopin Prelude in D flat is:

    Bars 1–27Bars 28–75Bars 76–end
    Major key, long melody heard several timesMinor key, new melody heard mainly in the bassA shorter version of the opening A section

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