Chopin – Prelude No 15 (Raindrop) – Wang, Piano

One of Frédéric Chopin most famous masterpiece, the Prelude No 15 in D-Flat Major, nicknamed “Raindrop”, strikes one at first as an oasis of peace and calm. However, the transition from the bright key of D flat major to the tenebrous C sharp minor brings dark, gloomy, disturbing sonorities. In the semantic interpretation of George Sand, this is the moment when ‘the ghosts of dead monks walk in mournful procession’.

Chopin himself – adding the word ‘rainy’ to a pupil’s copy of this music – drew attention to another aspect of this work, namely the relentlessness and monotony with which a single note (always the same) resounds throughout the whole prelude, evoking imitative associations.

Prelude Op. 28 No. 15 in D-Flat Major

Other Chopin’s Prelude by Yuja Wang

Prelude No 4 in E Minor

Chopin - 24 Preludes for Piano Op 28 - Wang, Piano
Chopin – Prelude No 4 in E Minor – Yuja Wang, Piano

Prelude No 16 in D-Flat Minor

Chopin - Prelude No 16 Op 28 in B-Flat Minor - Wang, Piano
Chopin – Prelude No 16 Op 28 in B-Flat Minor – Wang, Piano

Prelude No 24 in D  minor

Chopin - 24 Preludes for Piano Op 28 - Wang, Piano
Chopin – Prelude No 24 in D Minor – Yuja Wang, Piano

Chopin’s Prelude No 15: other performance

Grigory Sokolov

Chopin - Prelude No 15 in D-Flat Major - Sokolov, Piano
Chopin – Prelude No 15 in D-Flat Major – Grigory Sokolov, Piano

Hélène Grimaud

Chopin - Prelude No 15 in D-Flat Major - Grimaud, Piano
Chopin – Prelude No 15 in D-Flat Major – Grimaud, Piano

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