Prelude in D flat major Op.28 No.15 ('Raindrop')
Frédéric Chopin


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1st of Chopin's 4 entries.

Chopin's piano music is often dream-like, but his so-called 'Raindrop' Prelude might actually have been inspired by a rather intense dream the composer had.

He and his partner, George Sand, were holidaying in Majorca in 1838 when Frederic had something of an episode. As Sand would later recount: 'He saw himself drowned in a lake. Heavy drops of icy water fell in a regular rhythm on his breast, and when I made him listen to the sound of the drops of water indeed falling in rhythm on the roof, he denied having heard it.'

This has led many to speculate that the Prelude, Op. 28th No. 15 was directly influenced by Chopin's dream experience. Listening to the recurring A flat that permeates the whole piece, it would be hard to argue that Chopin wasn't at least aware of the similarity. Either way, this particular prelude has become synonymous with rainy imagery.

Paris, a Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte (1877).