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Date of composition

1838

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Genre

Romantic
Short piano piece

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Genre stylistics

Depicts an image
Rubato- robbing time

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Metre

4/4

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Tempo

'Sostenute'- sustained, at a relaxed pace

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Rhythm

Rubato

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Structure

Ternary form- ABA
Two outer sections based on the same idea, with a contrasting middle section

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Section A

Db major
Melody in the right hand
Top layer chordal accompaniment
Light texture- more sparse
Long than the second A section

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Section B

C# minor
Melody is less obvious- in the lower layer of the right hand
Fast moving
Thick texture
Lower pitched chords
Double octaves
On the beat rhythms
Driving
Step wise

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Section A2

Db major
Shorter than the first A section

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Coda section

Short section
Brings the piece to a close
The pedal stops with long cadences

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Harmony

Db major and C# minor (enharmonic equivalents)
C# minor is the tonic minor of Db major
Ab pedal note- repeated note throughout the piece

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Section A (melody)

Long, lyrical, elegant melody
Falling broken chords followed by a descending scale (drop in pitch represents sadness/ falling rain)
Dotted quaver semi quaver rhythms make the melody feel light

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Section B (melody)

Plodding melody, moves by step
Mainly in the baseline
Lots of climaxes
Grace notes (acciacaturas- tiny notes squeezed in)

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Texture

Homophonic (melody+accompaniment)
1 bar long monophonic section

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Section A (texture)

Sparse texture
Melody accompanied by broken chords
Very delicate

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Section B (texture)

Fuller texture
Full chords
Lower pitch of the piano
At times full chords in both hands
Pedal note is high pitched in the texture then in the middle
Huge climaxes- romantic passion+ storm

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Instrumentation

Piano- with a sustain pedal
Legato touch
Cantabile style (singing style)

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How is the expression of the piece conveyed?

Rubato- robbing time
Sostenuto- sustained
Sotto voce- 'under the voice' whisper
Smorzando- dying away
Ped.- foot pedal on the piano
Detailed use of dynamics
Ornamentation- acciacatura (trill)

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Tonality

Db major
C# minor -enharmonic equivalent
Db major

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Pedal note

Ab, G#

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Inner pedal

Middle

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Pedal

Bottom

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Outer

Top

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Types of chords

Extended
Altered
Cluster
Suspended