THE CONCEPTION OF THE MUSICAL FORM OF FRYDERYK CHOPIN’S PRELUDES OP. 28 Cover Image
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THE CONCEPTION OF THE MUSICAL FORM OF FRYDERYK CHOPIN’S PRELUDES OP. 28
THE CONCEPTION OF THE MUSICAL FORM OF FRYDERYK CHOPIN’S PRELUDES OP. 28

Author(s): Tímea Kurucz
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai
Keywords: Chopin; Preludes; conception; musical form; harmony; structure; biography.

Summary/Abstract: Fryderyk Chopin’s preludes are a set of piano miniatures. The term prelude is used in an unconventional sense. These pieces do not serve as introductions; they are freestanding works. Chopin’s Op. 28 preludes have been compared to J. S. Bach’s preludes in the Wohltemperiertes Clavier, although they have been following a unique structure. While Bach’s pieces are arranged in ascending chromatic order, Chopin’s preludes are arranged in a circle of fifth. Let us evoke the brief characterisation of Hugo Leichtentritt regarding these beautiful and important compositions: “The variety of moods and impressions contained in the Preludes Op. 28 is without equal in the whole of world music literature”.

  • Issue Year: 55/2010
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 59-106
  • Page Count: 48
  • Language: English