Frédéric Chopin
Preludes

About Frédéric Chopin's Preludes

Written partly during Chopin’s catastrophic wintertime stay on Majorca, these are some of the composer’s most mysterious works. Schumann said of them:
"They are sketches, beginnings of études, or, so to speak, ruins, individual eagle pinions, all disorder and wild confusions.”
The 24 Preludes are written in all major and minor keys in the order of the circle of fifths. The title (obviously an allusion to Bach’s preludes and fugues) can be a misleading one, as they are not introductions to anything, except possibly to the next prelude in the series – each piece is perfectly capable of standing on its own, although Op. 28 is often treated as a cycle and given a complete performance.

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Preview TitleKey Year Level
Prelude Op. 28 No. 1  in C Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAB Prelude Op. 28 No. 11 C Major 1834 8+
Prelude Op. 28 No. 2  in A Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAC Prelude Op. 28 No. 230 A Minor 1834 7
Prelude Op. 28 No. 3  in G Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAD Prelude Op. 28 No. 323 G Major 1834 8
Prelude Op. 28 No. 4  in E Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAE Prelude Op. 28 No. 414 E Minor 1834 5
Prelude Op. 28 No. 5  in D Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAF Prelude Op. 28 No. 57 D Major 1834 8+
Prelude Op. 28 No. 6  in B Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAG Prelude Op. 28 No. 636 B Minor 1834 6
Prelude Op. 28 No. 7  in A Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAH Prelude Op. 28 No. 729 A Major 1834 4
Prelude Op. 28 No. 8  in F-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAI Prelude Op. 28 No. 820 F-sharp Minor 1834 8+
Prelude Op. 28 No. 9  in E Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAJ Prelude Op. 28 No. 913 E Major 1834 6
Prelude Op. 28 No. 10  in C-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAK Prelude Op. 28 No. 105 C-sharp Minor 1834 8
Prelude Op. 28 No. 11  in B Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAL Prelude Op. 28 No. 1135 B Major 1834 8
Prelude Op. 28 No. 12  in G-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAM Prelude Op. 28 No. 1226 G-sharp Minor 1834 8+
Prelude Op. 28 No. 13  in F-sharp Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAN Prelude Op. 28 No. 1319 F-sharp Major 1834 8
Prelude Op. 28 No. 14  in E-flat Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAO Prelude Op. 28 No. 1412 E-flat Minor 1834 8+
Prelude (Raindrop) Op. 28 No. 15  in D-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAP Prelude (Raindrop) Op. 28 No. 156 D-flat Major 1834 7
Prelude Op. 28 No. 16  in B-flat Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAQ Prelude Op. 28 No. 1634 B-flat Minor 1834 8+
Prelude Op. 28 No. 17  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAR Prelude Op. 28 No. 1727 A-flat Major 1834 8+
Prelude Op. 28 No. 18  in F Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAS Prelude Op. 28 No. 1818 F Minor 1834 8+
Prelude Op. 28 No. 19  in E-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAT Prelude Op. 28 No. 1911 E-flat Major 1834 8+
Prelude Op. 28 No. 20  in C Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAU Prelude Op. 28 No. 202 C Minor 1834 6
Prelude Op. 28 No. 21  in B-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAV Prelude Op. 28 No. 2133 B-flat Major 1834 8+
Prelude Op. 28 No. 22  in G Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAW Prelude Op. 28 No. 2224 G Minor 1834 8+
Prelude Op. 28 No. 23  in F Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAX Prelude Op. 28 No. 2317 F Major 1834 8+
Prelude Op. 28 No. 24  in D Minor by Chopin piano sheet music AAY Prelude Op. 28 No. 248 D Minor 1834 8+
Prelude   KK IVb:7  in A-flat Major by Chopin piano sheet music AAZ Prelude KK IVb:727 A-flat Major 1834 7
Prelude Op. 45  in C-sharp Minor by Chopin piano sheet music ABA Prelude Op. 455 C-sharp Minor 1841 7

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