The Sound of Rain: Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude for Listeners, Performers, and Composers

Frederic Chopin is one of the public’s favorite composers for many reasons. One big reason is that he leaves his listeners feeling things deeply, even if they can’t describe in words what they’re feeling. Pieces like the “Raindrop Prelude” (in D♭ Major, op. 28 no. 15) leave people inspired and on the verge of tears …

A Farewell Waltz

On this day, October 17th, in 1849, Frédéric François Chopin passed away in Paris. "He had no predecessor and no successor.... Chopin came and departed like a comet from remote space," said Australian pianist, Ernest Hutcheson. He is remembered as a morose and anxious man, one who composed a song to cope with his sorrows …