The Genesis of the Soviet Prelude Set for Piano: Shostakovich, Zaderatsky, Zhelobinsky, & Goltz
The piano prelude set—a published collection of twenty-four short pieces in every major and minor key—is commonly associated with a short list of big name composers: Chopin, Debussy, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, etc. However, this musical genre has a much longer historical presence and significance and especially appealed to the compositional imagination of Soviet composers. This thesis examines four prelude sets written in the 1930s and considers historical contexts, biographical information, and musical styles while breaking new ground in English-language research on marginalized composers. Information from this thesis has been used as program notes for the French première of Zaderatsky's 24 Preludes and a German article by Wendelin Bitzan.
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