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Why is the prelude nicknamed 'raindrop'?

Chopin wrote it during a storm and the repeated Ab/G# represent raindrops

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What is a prelude?

A small piece of music that goes before a fugue in order to set the mood for it - chopin's preludes are not followed by fugues however

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How many preludes did Chopin write?

24 - one for every major/minor key

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What period did Chopin write in?

Romantic