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24 Preludes

for solo piano

Year:  2002   ·  Duration:  49m

Year:  2002
Duration:  49m

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie

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It is impossible not to feel inspired when playing some of Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues, Chopin's 24 Preludes, Debussy's two books of preludes, or Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues. As a composer I wanted to make a small mark of respect to these greats with some dedications. I have also taken a cue from Bach and Shostakovich and included contrapuntal forms within these preludes. While not wanting to restrict myself to the form of a fugue, there are several preludes which are close in spirit to fugues: Nos.17 and 19 for instance, are what I would call my 'prelugues'. There is also a passacaglia (No.16) which owes a debt to Shostakovich. I have conceived these pieces as a unified whole. Within them I have attempted to cover a whole variety of characters and moods, from the improvisational and experimental to the lyrical and gentle, from the wild and gestural to the calm and peaceful, from the quirky and 'black' to the light and sunny, from the depressive to the resolved. The extensive technical planning and preparation behind these pieces has been fun for me as the composer, but in the end it is the sound and musical expression that matters. I would like to think this voyage of discovery has led to something new and interesting to listen to.

Commissioned note

The 24 preludes for piano were composed with the assistance of a grant from Creative NZ

Contents note

24 preludes: Prelude no.1 on C; Prelude no.2 on C sharp; Prelude no.3 on F; Prelude no.4 on F sharp; Prelude no.5 on Bb; Prelude no.6 on B; Prelude no.7 on Eb; Prelude no.8 on E; Prelude no.9 on Ab; Prelude no.10 on A; Prelude no.11 on Db; Prelude no.12 on D; Prelude no.13 on Gb; Prelude no.14 on G; Prelude no.15 on Cb; Prelude no.16 on C; Prelude no.17 on E; Prelude no.18 on F; Prelude no.19 on A; Prelude no.20 on Bb; Prelude no.21 on D; Prelude no.22 on Eb; Prelude no.23 on G; Prelude no.24 on Ab

Performance history

30 Jun 2009: Contemporary Visions 26

13 Nov 2010: Performed by John Buskirk at Marama Hall, University of Otago, Dunedin

03 May 2012: NZ Piano Music of the '2000s'

Performed by Sharon Joy Vogan

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