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Prelude in A minor, Op. 28 No. 2 incypit

Genre: Prelude

Key: A minor

Opus/WN: Op. 28 No. 2

Creation date: 1831(?)-1839, kompozycja cyklu: 1838-1839

Acc. to Paderewski: I/2

Acc. to Turło: 167

Instruments: piano

Composition dedicated to:

Joseph Christoph Kessler
Camille Pleyel


Against the volatility of the first of the Preludes stands the terseness of the next piece, the Prelude in A minor. And the intertwining of those two categories – the volatile, soaring upwards, and the terse, bearing down to the ground – constitutes the first series or group of six preludes, which employs a contrast between monophonic harmonic background and strongly chromaticised, expressive melody.

The Prelude in A minor has long since riveted the attention of monographers and interpreters with its repugnant appearance, its harmonic strangeness. It was this piece that drew that famous warning issued by Jan Kleczyński: ‘Prelude 2 ought not to be played, as it is bizarre’. In the opinion of James Huneker, this prelude sounds ‘desperate and exasperating to the nerves’. Even André Gide finds it ‘terrifying’.

Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski
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