Preludes for piano

A prelude (Germ. Präludium or Vorspiel; Lat. praeludium; Fr. prélude; It. preludio”; Pt. “prelúdio) is a short piece of music, the form of which may vary from piece to piece according to Wikipedia. The improvisatory nature of the short pieces that were common in the Baroque era often threaded rhythmic and melodic motifs into a tapestry of sound. In the Romantic era this spirit of spontaneity was captured in sets of short pieces often very dramatically played out for a particular emotional response. I have composed four preludes for piano of a set that will comprise 12 pieces on the 12 chromatic pitch centers. I t is my intention to explore this genre with a great interest developing  pieces that present interpretive challenges for the pianist and  diverse emotional responses from the listener.

 

Prelude No. 1 in C
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Prelude No. 2 in Db

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Prelude No. 3 in D
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In the Romantic era, the spirit of spontaneity was captured in sets of short pieces  often very dramatically played out for a particular emotional response. Taken literally as a music that comes before an action then I believe  this music could serve to prepare oneself for imminent bold action with the expectation of taking flight and enjoying the panoramic view of success.

Prelude No. 4  in Eb
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