While evidence, particularly the composer's own correspondence, seems to indicate that the majority of these works were composed between andit is possible that a handful of them might have been produced during the years immediately preceding and following that period.
For many of these pieces the title Prelude can be a misleading one, for, while the practice of "preluding" during a live performance, preparing the atmosphere of the next major work by means of a brief, usually improvised, introductory piece, possibly making a modulation Reorganic - Shiva Chandra - Lunaspice the key of the preceding work to the key of the next was very much alive during the s--and while it is on record that Chopin did in fact employ some of the Preludes in this way, it seems indisputable that the real intent was for the Preludes to stand on their own, preferably in a complete performance.
The selection of title may be as much a nod in the direction of J. Bach, whose own Preludes and Fugues in all the major and minor keys the two books of the Well-Tempered Clavier exerted a heavy influence on Chopin. The gamut of emotions contained within the collection is impressive. None of the Preludes is particularly long, and some of them, like the very first, are of almost disconcerting brevity.
The truncated formal structures and abbreviated phrase patterns that result from this general miniaturization--far from diminishing the works' expressive power--actually serve to focus each of the pieces in an extraordinarily effective way.
On a large scale, the 24 Preludes are organized by key group: C major, its relative minor A minor, G major, its relative minor E major, and so on, moving up the circle of fifths until the final Prelude in D minor.
In composing the Prelude No. Powerfully majestic in tone, and entirely unhurried, these four lines of music, inexplicably, convey the essence of infinite grandeur far better than had the composer doubled their number.
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