Raindrops, by Lee Galloway, contains some of the most beautiful melody writing I've come across in elementary piano repertoire. The singing quality of the right hand is accentuated by a simple one-note left-hand accompaniment reminiscent of Chopin's Prelude in D-flat Major, Op. 28, No. 15 (the "Raindrop Prelude"). The added harmonies at the return of the A Section add even more depth and feeling, giving the performer good cause to take time and enjoy. Marked Andante, con rubato, students should strive for a performance that is neither too slow nor too strict in tempo.
"Raindrops" at a Glance
Level: Late Elementary
Key: C Major
Tempo: Quarter = 80
Hand-size limitations: LH melodic major sixths in the accompaniment occur sparingly. Overall, this is an excellent piece for small hands. The melody is mostly in a five-finger pattern or uses step-wise motion.
-students have a tendency to use a heavy, non-relaxed thumb in the left-hand accompaniment. Work will be needed for a free thumb and good balance between hands.
-students tend to naturally play this piece without any rubato, creating a performance lacking in feeling. This is a wonderful opportunity to work on rubato for the first time since the simple one-note accompaniment allows for an easy ebb and flow of the tempo.
-There are a few instances where the student will need to be able to cross the third finger over the thumb in descending scales.
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