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Six préludes, Op 13
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1895

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Six préludes, Op 13
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Op 13 No 1 is a solemn chorale, No 2 an airborne moto perpetuo, No 3 reflective and still, with a delightful tertiary harmonic shift, No 4 agitated (here each hand gets a chance to provide the semiquaver movement), No 5 a gentle study in sixths rather like the A major Etude, Op 8 No 6, and No 6, a fine buildup in octaves with some kinship to Op 8 No 9 in C sharp minor, rounds off the set – both pieces attain grand climaxes but have quiet ‘dissolving’ endings, a characteristic feature of the later sonatas.

from notes by Simon Nicholls © 2001

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