Chopin Preludes, Op. 28, short solo piano pieces written between –39 by Frederic Chopin 4 in E Minor (Cortot: “Above a grave”; Bulow: “Suffocation”). View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of 24 Préludes, Op. 28 / 4 Impromptus on Discogs. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Cortot Plays Chopin Preludes, Op 28 & 45 on Discogs.
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Early 19th-century composers like Chopin returned to the idea in more flexible form. When Chopin decided to write some preludes of his own in the s, he took a more relaxed approach than had Bach. The German Baroque master had written one prelude in each of the major and minor keys, and then matched each with a complementary fuguefor a total of 48 individual pieces.
Chopin wrote preludes only, without the greater intricacy of accompanying fugues, resulting in 24 individual pieces that were published together in Chopin had already used this key in the tenth of his preludes, but he apparently judged that he had something more to say with these particular chords and harmonies.
Another prelude Presto con leggierezza in A-flat Major, No. Certainly, Chopin gave it much more space for varied expression than the almost cursory scope of Prelude No. A 27th prelude, in the key of E-flat minor, also exists, though in incomplete form. Consisting of a single remarkably untidily scrawled page, this very short prelude sets a restless right hand melody against a turbulent left hand accompaniment dominated by frequent prolonged trills.
Chopin never finished the little piece, nor even troubled himself to recopy it in fully legible form, a task that fell to Jeffrey Kallberg, professor of music history at the University of Pennsylvania. The ordering of the Op. The pairings amused Chopin and some music scholars, though the casual listener need only attend to the fact that there are shifts of contrast and tempo allowing for maximum musical variety, even though all this music is produced by a single pair of hands.
A list of the individual preludes follows, along with the titles and descriptors assigned to each by pianists Hans von Bulow and Alfred-Denis Cortot:. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles.
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