Sergey Rachmaninoff
13 Preludes
Op. 32

About Sergey Rachmaninoff's 13 Preludes

Rachmaninov wrote 24 preludes for piano, divided on three opus numbers, between 1892 and 1910. The first prelude, in C-sharp minor, is part of the Op. 3 set called Morceaux de Fantasie.
It has become one of Rachmaninoff’s most famous pieces. The composer himself expressed some regret that he was more or less forced to play the piece, which reminded him of the church bells of his childhood, in almost every recital he gave.
The remaining twenty-three preludes of Op. 23 and Op. 32 are from the composer’s happiest decade.
In the two years before the first set was published (1903) he had made his great success with the Second Piano Concerto and finally been married to his beloved Natalia after many years of despair and depression.
The pieces in the Op. 32 set, composed in a nineteen-day period in 1910, are wider ranging in expression and length.
Some of the most popular preludes of this set are No. 5 in G major, No. 8 in A minor and No. 12 in G-sharp minor.

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Preview TitleKey Year Level
1. Prelude Op. 32 No. 1  in C Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAB 1. Prelude 1 C Major 1910 8+
2. Prelude Op. 32 No. 2  in B-flat Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAC 2. Prelude 33 B-flat Major 1910 8+
3. Prelude Op. 32 No. 3  in E Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAD 3. Prelude 13 E Major 1910 8+
4. Prelude Op. 32 No. 4  in E Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAE 4. Prelude 14 E Minor 1910 8+
5. Prelude Op. 32 No. 5  in G Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAF 5. Prelude 23 G Major 1910 8+
6. Prelude Op. 32 No. 6  in F Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAG 6. Prelude 18 F Minor 1910 8+
7. Prelude Op. 32 No. 7  in F Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAH 7. Prelude 17 F Major 1910 8+
8. Prelude Op. 32 No. 8  in A Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAI 8. Prelude 30 A Minor 1910 8+
9. Prelude Op. 32 No. 9  in A Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAJ 9. Prelude 29 A Major 1910 8+
10. Prelude Op. 32 No. 10  in B Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAK 10. Prelude 36 B Minor 1910 8+
11. Prelude Op. 32 No. 11  in B Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAL 11. Prelude 35 B Major 1910 8+
12. Prelude Op. 32 No. 12  in G-sharp Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAM 12. Prelude 26 G-sharp Minor 1910 8+
13. Prelude Op. 32 No. 13  in D-flat Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAN 13. Prelude 6 D-flat Major 1910 8+

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