The "Raindrop" Prelude
By Frédéric Chopin / arr. Ryan E. Ellefsen
Highland/Etling String Orchestra
Chopin traveled to Spain to escape the damp Paris climate but instead encountered persistent rain, which is reflected in this title and is heard in the repetition of the eighth notes that are passed from section to section. An intense work that features a string quartet at both the beginning and the end as well as strong tutti sections that provide opportunities for controlled dissonances, the piece has been transposed into the key of D for greater accessibility. A great introduction to the piano literature of the Romantic Era, as well as an opportunity for deep emotional reflection for both younger and mature ensembles!