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Sergey Rachmaninoff: 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 Rachmaninoffís 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 composerís 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. 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 more popular pieces of this set are No. 5 in G major, No. 8 in A minor and No. 12 in G-sharp minor.

Sheet Music Downloads:

TitleASTKey Published Type Level
Prelude Op. 23 No. 1F-sharp Minor - Piece 8+
Prelude Op. 23 No. 2B-flat Major - Piece 8+
Prelude Op. 23 No. 3D Minor 1903 Piece 8+
Prelude Op. 23 No. 4D Major - Piece 8+
Prelude Op. 23 No. 5G Minor 1901 Piece 8+
Prelude Op. 23 No. 6E-flat Major - Piece 8+
Prelude Op. 23 No. 7C Minor - Piece 8+
Prelude Op. 23 No. 8A-flat Major - Piece 8+
Prelude Op. 23 No. 9E-flat Major - Piece 8+
Prelude Op. 23 No. 10G-flat Major - Piece 8+

Posts in the piano forum about Preludes by Rachmaninoff:

xx Rachmaninoffís Preludes
June 06, 2010, 05:08:10 PM by etlx

Recently Iíve been interested in his sets of preludes - I am more familiar with his Etudes-Tableaux, and have played only a few of the Op. 23 preludes.
Does anyone know which, if any, of them focus on a particular technic or etude-like problem which might make them more beneficial to study / learn?
Also, are there certain preludes which are more related to one another - as in they share similar figurations or performance characteristics -that would make learning them in a particular order a more logical choice?

Iím trying to determine which one(s) to chose, and am not currently learning towards any certain one, so any response / advice would be very much appreciated.


xx Rachmaninoff preludes
February 19, 2004, 09:19:02 PM by bitus

What are some good recordings of Rachmaninoff preludes?
I have a John Browning recording, but i don't really like it that much.
The Bitus

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