After a tiring week of work we always wait for that moment of the weekend when, we can sit back on our couch and just relax. And we all know that music is beneficial for our state of mind, so why not choose the perfect song. For this weekend I picked for you a little dose of optimism from Frédéric Chopin with Prelude, Op 28, No. 15, “Raindrop”.
Frédéric Chopin was a child prodigy born in Poland, an outstanding pianist and composer of the Romantic era. Under musical influences like J. S. Bach, Mozart and Schubert, he composed mainly piano solos that remained in the history of classical music. This particular piece was written in 1858 while Chopin was staying at Valldemossa monastery with his lover at that time Amantine Dupin. Chopin was very ill at that time but one morning while he seemed to be in good health, Amantine with a friend of hers Maurice decided to go shopping in Palma. An overflowing rain came and while the girls struggled to return to the monastery, Chopin had a nightmare were he saw the two women die because of the rain. In that state of contemplation and solitary confinement he couldn’t distinguish his dream from reality and the prodigy’s response was to start composing. While listening to the terrible raindrops which in his mind were transformed in “tears falling upon his heart from the sky” he composed this lovely Prelude. The women were fine and found Chopin playing the piano while crying, tears that transformed into laughter when he saw that his lover was alive.