The Raindrop Prelude is one of the most famous of Chopin’s preludes, and for good reason. It tells the story of a rainstorm through stunning musical imagery that allows the listener to feel the storm through the piano. One truly feels like they are in the midst of a storm, from a gentle, delicate rain shower to an intense, thunderous middle, to the eventual parting of the clouds and the sun peeking through.
Storms, in my opinion, are excellent shows of conflict and struggle, and they can strongly affect a person. Often times we feel as though we are in the midst of our own storms, fighting our way out with thunder and lightning striking all around us. Through the Raindrop Prelude, this is also felt with the recurring melody the makes up the body of the piece. Ultimately, though, we are reminded that storms do not last forever, eventually melting away back into a flowing rain, and finally with the clouds parting and the sun shining through.
This piece requires much attention to dynamics in order to truly capture the feeling of the storm. The middle section in particular must ensure that the repeating G sharps are not so loud that they overwhelm the thunder. It is a lovely, surprisingly therapeutic piece to play, and I spent many hours enjoying this one.