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Preludes for Piano


From the Publisher

Hardly any cycle of piano pieces can match the magnetic attraction of Chopin’s "24 Préludes", published in 1839. Schumann called them "sketches, beginnings of études, ... ruins, stray eagle's pinions, all disorder and wild confusion".

Christoph Flamm has critically reevaluated the sources, bringing to light new readings of this well-known musical text. Hardy Rittner, a hammerklavier specialist and two-time winner of the ECHO Classic prize, who has recorded Brahms’ piano music and all of Chopin’s "Études" on period pianofortes, has supplemented Chopin’s fingering from a historically informed perspective. He also provides valuable notes on performance practice, especially with regard to pedalling, rubato, latent polyphony, legato and Chopin’s perception of sound.

An aesthetically presented engraving and practical page-turns make this current edition indispensable for today’s scholars and performers.

  • Urtext edition with new readings
  • Notes on performance practice
  • With historically informed fingering and practical page-turns
  • Informative Foreword and detailed Critical Commentary
Difficulty guide: 9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  • Prelude Op28 No 1: Agitato C major
  • Prelude Op28 No 2: Lento A minor
  • Prelude Op28 No 3: Vivace G major
  • Prelude Op28 No 4: Largo E minor
  • Prelude Op28 No 5: Allegro molto D major
  • Prelude Op28 No 6: Lento assai B minor
  • Prelude Op28 No 7: Andantino A majo
  • Prelude Op28 No 8: Molto agitato F sharp minor
  • Prelude Op28 No 9: Largo E major
  • Prelude Op28 No 10: Allegro molto C sharp minor
  • Prelude Op28 No 11: Vivace B major
  • Prelude Op28 No 12: Presto G sharp minor
  • Prelude Op28 No 13: Lento F sharp major
  • Prelude Op28 No 14: Allegro E flat minor
  • Prelude Op28 No 15: Sostenuto D flat major
  • Prelude Op28 No 16: Presto con fuoco B flat minor
  • Prelude Op28 No 17: Allegretto A flat major
  • Prelude Op28 No 18: Allegro molto F minor
  • Prelude Op28 No 19: Vivace E flat major
  • Prelude Op28 No 20: Largo C minor
  • Prelude Op28 No 21: Cantabile B flat major
  • Prelude Op28 No 22: Molto agitato G minor
  • Prelude Op28 No 23: Moderato F major
  • Prelude Op28 No 24: Allegro appassionato D minor
  • Prelude Op45: Sostenuto C sharp minor

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piano
Category: Piano Repertoire
Publisher: Bärenreiter - Urtext
Publisher's reference: BA9610
Our Stock Code: 1392678
Media Type: Paperback (101 pages [score])

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