[Smt-talk] Chopin Prelude-Nice Thoughts

Ninov, Dimitar N dn16 at txstate.edu
Sat Apr 20 15:50:53 PDT 2013

Dear Ildar,

I congratulate you on the wonderful reflections on Chopin's prelude! 

I sent off my analysis before having read your remarks, but I agree with you that the first chord in Measure 2 may be interpreted as a subdominant chord and be heard within an S-D gesture (II half-dim.7 with a suspended forth in the soprano which does not resolve within the chord, followed by V4/3).  

I interpreted it as a dominant chord with a suspended fourth in the alto which resolves downward, because I heard it this way. Anyhow, I  agree that in this particular situation both interpretations are possible and dependable on the musician's individual perception.

Moreover, I like what you said about musically rushing in one direction, then changing your mind and abruptly switching into a different direction. This explains the "sighs", the unfinished thoughts, and the outline of several key areas whose tonics do not appear (evaded tonic).

Best regards,


Dr. Dimitar Ninov, Lecturer
School of Music
Texas State University
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666

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