Dmitri Schostakovitsch: 24 Preludes And Fugues Op.87 (Piano) - Book 2

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Publisher: Edition Peters
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album

Just back from a trip to Leipzig in the early autumn of 1950 where he heard Bach's Well-Tempered Klavier at the Bicentennial Bach Competition played by the Russian pianist Tatiana Nikolaeva, Shostakovich began his own series of 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, based on Bach's model. He composed them quickly, starting on October 10, 1950, and finishing on February 23, 1951. While his work would pay homage to Bach, Shostakovich's work would have several fundamental differences. First, the order of the individual pieces would be organized around the circle of fifths with a prelude and fugue in the relative minor following each major key piece rather than in ascending semi-tonal order of Bach's work. Second, Shostakovich's pieces would be composed in order — that is, C major - A minor followed by G major - E minor followed by D major - B minor — and, more significantly, this order would have a sort of subliminal narrative sub-text, taking the music from the "innocent" tonal world of the C major Prelude and Fugue to the profound and sublime severity of the concluding D minor Prelude and Fugue. Finally, Shostakovich's work, although conservative in its counterpoint and harmony — that is, there are no examples of invertible or reversible themes or counterpoint and the pieces are for the most part recognizably tonal in language — is still clearly the work of a modernist composer; his counterpoint and harmony may be conservative but the emotional and spiritual worlds of the preludes and fugues is at once sincere and ironic. The result is a work which can not only stand comparison with Bach's Well-Tempered Klavier, it is both Shostakovich's masterpiece for the piano and one of the contrapuntal masterpieces of the twentieth century. Volume 2 comprises numbers 13-24.

ISBN: 9790014031404
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
No of pages: 94
Language: English, German
Catalogue No: EP4716B

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        Glasgow GB
        The Shostakovitch preludes and fugues aren't for the faint hearted, but are amazingly beautiful pieces. I think the political pressure must have been off him on his trip to Leipzig to hear the Bach Preludes and fugues and he could pour out his soul without constraint as he composed his 24 preludes and fugues.
        The German edition is very clear, as is the Russian Sikorski, more expensive, but worth it!
        As for playing them, they are mostly quite out of my reach!
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        Confirmed purchase: 25 January 2018
        Published on: 17 February 2018
        9 out of 10


        Southwell GB Studying composition, mainly fiddler
        Clear print, well bound, less expensive than alternative edition. Very interesting work for study and mixed difficulty.
        Still a bit pricey but then that's the modern trend.
        Confirmed purchase: 17 November 2017
        Published on: 02 December 2017

        Musicroom Reviews

        Excellent service and some really challenging pieces.
        Anonymous - (Ledbury, United Kingdom)