Sergey Rachmaninoff
Preludes
Op. 23

About Sergey Rachmaninoff's 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.
Some of the pieces of this set are clearly reminiscent of the Second Concerto.

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Preview TitleKey Year Level
1. Prelude Op. 23 No. 1  in F-sharp Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAB 1. Prelude 20 F-sharp Minor 1903 8+
2. Prelude Op. 23 No. 2  in B-flat Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAC 2. Prelude 33 B-flat Major 1903 8+
3. Prelude Op. 23 No. 3  in D Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAD 3. Prelude 8 D Minor 1903 8+
4. Prelude Op. 23 No. 4  in D Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAE 4. Prelude 7 D Major 1903 8+
5. Prelude Op. 23 No. 5  in G Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAF 5. Prelude 24 G Minor 1901 8+
6. Prelude Op. 23 No. 6  in E-flat Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAG 6. Prelude 11 E-flat Major 1903 8+
7. Prelude Op. 23 No. 7  in C Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAH 7. Prelude 2 C Minor 1903 8+
8. Prelude Op. 23 No. 8  in A-flat Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAI 8. Prelude 27 A-flat Major 1903 8+
9. Prelude Op. 23 No. 9  in E-flat Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAJ 9. Prelude 11 E-flat Major 1903 8+
10. Prelude Op. 23 No. 10  in G-flat Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music AAK 10. Prelude 21 G-flat Major 1903 8+

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