Prelude 21 and Fugue 1

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Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich (arr. Reis McCullough)

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General Info

Year: 1952
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Manuscript (U.S. Army Field Band)
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Clarinet Quartet


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 by Dmitri Shostakovich are a set of 24 musical pieces for solo piano, one in each of the major and minor keys of the chromatic scale. The cycle was composed in 1950 and 1951 while Shostakovich was in Moscow, and premiered by pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva in Leningrad in December 1952; it was published the same year. It is one of several examples of music written in all major and/or minor keys.

This pair of pieces, Prelude 21 and Fugue 1, are humorous and clownish throughout. In the prelude, the right hand has an uninterrupted moto perpetuo stream of sixteenth notes, set against quarter and eighth notes in the left hand. The three-voice fugue is lively, marked allegro non-troppo, using many fourths and sevenths in the harmony as well as unpredictable phrase lengths that constantly overlap the barlines.

- Program Note (for piano version) from Wikipedia


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State Ratings

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Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

  • Waltz No. 2 (Flex instrumentation) (arr. Brown) (post 1956/2021)

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