Chopin Prelude in C, Op. 28 no. 1: Reductive Analysis Worksheet

Author(s): 
Gabe Fankhauser
Year: 
2022
Abstract: 

This two-page assignment on Chopin’s brief but sophisticated Prelude in C, op. 28, no. 1 is designed for use in advanced undergraduate or graduate music theory courses involving reductive techniques or form. The primary question requires students to write a simple SATB- style reduction of the piano score. The first measure is given as example. Completion of the entire assignment would likely take more than one day. Other questions guide students to consider questions of motivic development, narrative, Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Mean, and performance. Suggested readings are provided to guide students interested reading more about prolongation (voice-leading graphs) or the intersection between theory and performance. A separate PDF provides a key and commentary for instructors.