Chopin: The Raindrop Prelude

Frédéric Chopin, born in Poland and raised as a child prodigy, settled in Paris in his early twenties, and shortly afterwards began a liaison that was to last over a decade with the Marquise of Dudevant, known ad George Sand.

They spent the winter of 1838–39 on Mallorca, where the cold, rainy weather and the fact that they mostly lived in a monastery without heating took a severe toll on the health of the composer, who suffered from consumption. Chopin probably wrote or finished his 24 preludes at that time, and although he himself never game them titles, George Sand titled no. 15 the Raindrop Prelude, while historians of music tend to refer to No. 10 as the Waterfall.

F. Chopin: "Raindrop" Prelude, Op 28, No. 15

F.Chopin: “Waterfall” Etude, Op 10, No. 1