5 IN D MAJOR: “A graceful, wistful dance-song over a lightly arpeggiated accompaniment” is how Wilfrid Mellers describes this Prelude. It will focus on six movements from the work, three preludes and three fugues respectively. 34, are solid but not often played. We provide formalized ... preludes and fugues. The Fugue is the only one of the 24 in two voices only, and exudes an atmosphere of joy and exuberance. For example, his A minor prelude is a figuration prelude—a prelude in which the same hand position is used throughout the piece. NO. Spring 4-23-2010. Much of the piece uses a counter melody against the fugal entries. Canadian pianist David Jalbert also recorded the piece for ATMA Classique in 2008, and Peter Donohoe for Signum Classics in 2017. This thesis is a study of the fugal technique of Shostakovich as observed in Op. Roger Woodward made the first complete recording available in the West in 1975; it was re-released in September 2010 on CD by Celestial Harmonies. Like many of the great composers before him (Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff, among others), Shostakovich possessed the skills of a keyboard virtuoso, and might well have sustained a successful career as such. B minor: 7. In fact, it, as well as its Fugue, is often regarded as the most Bachian of the set. NO. Three voices develop with contrasting legato passages against the staccato. This work is included in that group along with several string quartets. He himself never did so, though he recorded all of it. 87 by Dmitri Shostakovich is a set of 24 preludes and fugues for solo piano, one in each of the major and minor keys of the chromatic scale. The intellectual rigor with which Shostakovich creates a fugue from his angular, raw-boned subject is truly awe-inspiring. Subject Area. 28, is organised in the same way, as are the earlier sets of preludes by Joseph Christoph Kessler, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, and Shostakovich's earlier 24 Preludes, Op. Dmitri Shostakovich: 12 Preludes and Fugues from Op. 20 10:53 8 I. Prelude 4:50 9 II. As each was completed, he would ask Nikolayeva to come and visit him in his Moscow apartment where he would play her the latest piece. The powerful D minor prelude, a sarabande-like opening, sets the tone for the pair with its strongly accented and tenuto main theme and its maestoso yet pianissimo second theme. The Fugue consists of “a theme stuttering in repeated notes, with farcical clownish effect.”. Of great interest is the CD jacket notes which express that Shostakovich composed these among controversy of Soviet Union restrain from abstract composition. The three-voice fugue begins with a statement of the main theme, or subject, in the soprano voice. References to and quotations from Bach's cycle appear throughout the work. In addition to more direct quotation, Shostakovich also at points imitates the various types of preludes found in the Bach cycle (and in other, similar, Baroque compositions). Required fields are marked *. Towards the end bass and treble play the melody together in plangent thirteenths. One of the contestants was the 26-year-old Tatyana Nikolayeva, whose playing of the Well-Tempered Clavier so impressed Shostakovich that upon returning to Moscow, he undertook to create a similar work himself. The words of Bach biographer Philipp Spitta regarding the C sharp minor Fugue in Book I of the Well-tempered Clavier might equally apply to Shostakovich’s in the same key: “…it is as though we were drifting rapidly over a wide ocean; wave rises over wave … as far as the eye can reach, and the brooding heavens bend solemnly over the mighty scene.”. This subject is then stated a fourth below in the alto, as would be expected in a Baroque fugue. The inspiration came principally from Bach, as it has for similar sets from other composers: Hans Huber, Castelnuovo-Tedesco (for guitar duo) and Niels Viggo Bentzon for preludes and fugues together; Chopin, Scriabin, Busoni, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich himself (Op. [2] For example, Shostakovich begins his C major prelude, the first piece in the cycle, with exactly the same notes that Bach uses in his own C major prelude, BWV 846, which likewise begins The Well-Tempered Clavier. Shostakovich composed his 24 Preludes and Fugues in the early 1950s, in a style that is more tonal and retrospective than much of his earlier music. $42.10. The complete work was written between 10 October 1950 and 25 February 1951. The analysis will point towar ds Plutalov, Denis V, "Dmitry Shostakovich's Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues, op. E minor: 5. As the key of G sharp minor has five sharps, the meter for the Fugue is appropriately 5/4. Work Title 24 Preludes and Fugues, Book I Alt ernative. 87: An Analysis and Critical Evaluation of the Printed Edition Based on the Composer's Recorded Performance", Festive Overture in A major for Orchestra, The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda, Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok, Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti, The War Symphonies: Shostakovich Against Stalin, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=24_Preludes_and_Fugues_(Shostakovich)&oldid=1000896647, Compositions covering all major and/or minor keys, Articles needing additional references from January 2018, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, In unbroken chords and a haunting melody Shostakovich nevertheless evokes the first Prelude of the Bach 48. The fugue in 34 time is a frantic scurry with fast notes and staccato markings. 87 highlights this especially). To Tatiana Nikolayeva, it is music “of great depth, of unsurpassed mastery and greatness. The two sonatas are good but not great; the 24 Preludes, op. subject table. Though not required by competition regulations, she had come prepared to play any of the 48 preludes and fugues of The Well-Tempered Clavier on request. They are 24 masterpieces, each with its own internal world. Through analysis (structural and stylistic) of selected preludes and fugues from Shostakovich's opus as well as a survey of other sets of preludes, fugues, and preludes and fugues (from Fischer to Shchedrin) we will be able to see the prelude and fugue lineage more clearly. There are sweeping and breathtaking in … 87. The fugue, marked allegretto, contrasts beautifully with the legato feel of the prelude with repeated staccato notes forming the basis of the fugal subject. The prelude is a two-part, Jewish influences are evident in both the short, agitated prelude, with its staccato and chromatic textures amplifying the grotesque melody, and the massive, mysterious fugue (in three voices) which increases in intensity and obsessiveness as it progresses towards a final resolution with its, The prelude is written on three staves where left and right hands take turns playing on the center staff. These days Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues are encountered in recital only rarely, but over the decades the cycle has attracted champions who … 4 IN E MINOR: The Prelude is a three-part texture consisting of (1) ponderous, sustained octaves in the depths of the piano’s range; (2) a continuous, even stream of eighth notes, usually in the middle voice; and (3) a slower-moving melodic line that includes numerous “sighs.” (Bach associated E minor with the Crucifixion.) The first performance presented what amounted only to a teaser: Shostakovich offered four of the preludes and fugues at a recital on November 18, 1951 in Leningrad’s Glinka Hall. The question of the relative stability of E major in Shostakovich's Prelude and Fugue No. Inspired by the competition and impressed by Nikolayeva's playing, Shostakovich returned to Moscow and started composing his own cycle of 24 preludes and fugues. The complete work takes about two and a half hours to play. No. 9’s focal weight rests in its Prelude – longer by far than the Fugue. As he had in only a few of the other fugues, Shostakovich took one of the themes of the prelude as the subjects for his fugue. The Fugue has been compared to some of Shostakovich’s polkas for its jaunty, humorous mood. Its meter of 12/8 (four groups of triplets) was far more common in the Baroque era than it is today. Before premiering the work, Shostakovich privately performed the first half of the cycle before the Union of Composers (as was typical with new compositions during the Soviet Era) on 31 March 1951. Organ Prelude and Fugue in A minor, S. 462 No. In Bach's cycle, however, the pieces are arranged in parallel major/minor pairs ascending the chromatic scale (C major, C minor, C♯ major, C♯ minor etc. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. [21] The panel expressed great displeasure at the dissonance in some of the fugues. 87. The tone is wistful, mostly pianissimo and the harmonic language is very much Shostakovich’s own. Sviatoslav Richter never played all the pieces in concerts but made notable recordings of 15 numbers in 1961. 2 in A minor on YouTube, played by … Among his prizes was one from the First International Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1927). Part of the Composition Commons. 87: An Analysis and Critical Evaluation of the Printed Edition Based on the Composer's Recorded Performance", doctoral document by Denis V. Plutalov, May 2010, University of Nebraska School of Music; Prelude and Fugue No. Tatiana Nikolayeva recorded complete sets four times, in 1962, 1987 (both originally issued by Melodiya), 1990 (Hyperion Records) and in 1992 as a filmed performance (Medici Arts). NO. 13 in F♯ major is in five voices, while Fugue No. 87. 6 and 9. Selected numbers have been arranged for such diverse instruments as organ, accordion, double bass with piano and string orchestra. About a dozen years have passed since the appearance of the last complete recording of Shostakovich’s op. G major: 4. The quaver configurations of paired notes over a relentlessly treading chordal accompaniment remain consistent throughout this sad prelude. (Frédéric Chopin's set of 24 Preludes, Op. The 1962 and 1987 recordings have been reissued on several labels. The cycle was composed in 1950 and 1951 while Shostakovich was in Moscow and premiered by pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva in Leningrad in December 1952;[1] it was published the same year. They aren’t better known, I imagine, because many are deeply depressing: they were written at the height of Stalinist repression, and some are intransigently inconsolable and bleak. Only two voices develop with increasing stretto in the middle culminating at the end when the two voices join in unison as before in the prelude though only with an octave separation. Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues 24 Preludes and Fugues, opus 87 Craig Sheppard (piano) Roméo Records 7315-6 TT: 141:35 (63:34 + 78:01) Compiled from recordings of two concerts at the Meany Theatre Seattle, April 2015. He did often perform the preludes and fugues in groups of three to six, as have many other pianists, notably Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels. Shostakovich' s DSCH : IGB 326 Movements/Sections Mov'ts/Sec's: 24 pieces Prelude and Fugue … The subject is exceptionally long – nine measures – and thereafter unwinds in three-part texture to an unrelenting tread and highly dissonant harmony. 87. 2, Op. Take for example the first fugue (C major), which employs only the white keys of the piano throughout, or the seventh (A major), whose subject is built entirely from a major triad. As part of the festival, Shostakovich was asked to sit on the judging panel for the first International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition. to be produced by the "other Shostakovich," or as a composition "for the desk drawer. This fugue might be considered Shostakovich’s “water music” inasmuch as the texture – glistening, sparkling, gently undulating – not to mention the continuous development of a single arpeggiated chord, bring to mind the opening scene of Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold. NO. Title Composer Bachlund, Gary: I-Catalogue Number I-Cat. In 1950-51, for the bicentennial of the death of J. S. Bach, Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his collection of Twenty-four Preludes and Fugues, Op. 7 IN A MAJOR: The spirit of Bach hovers over the Prelude. 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. Shostakovich: 24 Preludes & Fugues, Op. ), which differs from Shostakovich's Op. 3 No. F sharp minor 87 Dmitri Shostakovich. ", This page was last edited on 17 January 2021, at 07:27. The tone continues in the Fugue; whereas Bach begins with a scaled 4th, Shostakovich has a bleak bare 5th. To further add to the quaint color of the movement, subito forte and piano are mixed in giving the fugue a frankly chipper tone. Your email address will not be published. The prelude maintains a suspended feel through repeated, Roles are reversed in this pair between prelude and fugue. Chordal writing alternates with flowing chromatic passages. 11 IN B MAJOR:  The B major Prelude suggests an orchestral conception, particularly the jocular, light-hearted movements of Symphonies Nos. NO. Each piece is in two parts—a prelude and a fugue—varying in pace, length and complexity (for example, Fugue No. NO. Fugue 8:39 Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op. Customize your own series and save 15% on single ticket prices. 12 IN G SHARP MINOR: The Prelude is written in passacaglia form (a method of composition in which a set of variations is constructed over a repeating bass line or chord progression). 87, written in late 1950 and early 1951. Dmitry Shostakovich's Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues op. The Fugue too incorporates this rhythmic figure into its fold. 1, 7 and 15 in 1952–1953. Program Notes: Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues. 9, 10, 11, 15, 19 or 21 but he recorded Nos. Although out of favour with the Soviet Communist Party, he was still sent abroad as a cultural ambassador. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24_Preludes_and_Fugues_(Shostakovich) The modulatory section begins in the minor key; a brief return to the tonic key provides a breath of calm before an increasingly frenzied series of modulations. His graduation exercise from the Leningrad Conservatory, the First Symphony, catapulted him at the age of twenty to worldwide attention, and he decided to devote the bulk of his efforts to composition. About two-thirds into the fugue, Shostakovich brings back the original subject in the bass combined with the second subject in the soprano. 77), Shostakovich – Op. 3 IN G MAJOR: The stern Prelude sounds like its inspiration could have come from a liturgical chant, while the Fugue could not be more different in character – witty, playful, dancelike, and demanding virtuosity and crystalline clarity of execution to make its effect. NO. 6 IN B MINOR: A striking Prelude built on the double-dotted rhythmic figure (extra-long notes alternating with extra-short ones) flashes fire and energy in contrast to its Fugue, notable for a flowing, placid surface. Subscribe and save up to 20% on single ticket prices! The tone is wistful, mostly pianissimo and the harmonic language is very much Shostakovich's own. 87. 2 IN A MINOR: The Prelude is a toccata-like affair (“pure harpsichord textures,” says Melnikov), with a single line of rapid sixteenth-notes running in perpetual motion throughout. Once finished, Shostakovich dedicated the work to Nikolayeva, who undertook the public premiere in Leningrad on 23 December 1952. 87. The fugue is a double fugue in four voices with two distinct subjects developed in separate expositions. Following the prelude, Shostakovich proceeds directly to the fugue without pause. It is also the first prelude we have encountered to feature Shostakovich’s hallmark rhythmic pattern, short-short-long. 87, in light of the fugal style of Bach as observed in … Baroque prelude and fugue perfected by J.S.Bach. The set of works in all 24 keys is not uncommon though; Chopin of course has the set of 24 preludes Op. Shostakovich worked fairly quickly, taking only three days on average to write each piece. In the preludes too, there is in each one a sense of experimentation, of compressing a single idea into a few pages of music to see where it will go. There are also several references and musical ideas taken from Shostakovich's own work or anticipating future work. 9 in E major is in only two voices). Each one has a “message.”. 9 stands as a proxy for the most important and perpetual questions we have about ourselves and the security of our own identities. The four voice fugue, in. The fugue, in three voices and once again with a, A sombre prelude, associated for Woodward with the bleak landscape of Russian steppe, and in a similar mood to the musical landscape of the opening movement of the, This pair are humorous and clownish throughout. Unlike Bach’s two books of preludes and fugues, each of which proceeds up the steps of the chromatic scale alternating major and minor keys (C – C-sharp – D, etc. In their vast range of textures, figurations, rhythmic devices, characterizations, compositional procedures and moods, Shostakovich’s 24 preludes and fugues rank as one of the monuments of  twentieth-century piano literature. In the prelude, the right hand has an uninterrupted. Among the events was a piano competition in Leipzig, where Shostakovich sat on the jury. Audio CD. Likewise, the composers' second fugues (A minor for Shostakovich, C minor for Bach) utilize very similar opening rhythms for their fugue subjects (two 16th notes followed by 3 eighth notes, twice in a row). While fugal subjects usually use stepwise motion, this subject uses only the notes of the A-major triad. "[22][23] According to Ross, the composer used chamber forms in the period to channel his most personal compositions, those that would not be suitable for use or approval by the Soviet government. The E minor fugue is one of progressive complexity. The pieces proceed in relative major/minor pairs around the circle of fifths: first C major and A minor (prelude and fugue nos. 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. One such trip was to Leipzig in 1950 for a music festival marking the bicentennial of J. S. Bach's death. music critic Alex Ross, musicologist Tanya Ursova, etc.) After a brief interplay between the soprano and alto, the bass is introduced with a statement of the subject, completing the exposition. (Lin recorded this music beautifully for Hänssler Classic a decade ago.) For sheer, unabashed joy and an almost reckless sense of abandon, the Fugue is hard to beat. (at this point the flat keys take over in reverse order, decreasing in number down to one – F major/D minor – where the cycle ends). A major: 8. Impressed while in Leipzig by pianist Nikolayeva, he wrote these preludes and fugues. 34.). The fugal subject is built almost entirely from the intervals of the fourth and the fifth. Thus, the stage is set for the culmination of the first volume.”, Your email address will not be published. These lead to a climax in A major, signalled by a dominant pedal, but this lasts just four bars before the music plunges into C major. The cycle was composed in 1950 and 1951 while Shostakovich was in Moscow and premiered by pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva in Leningrad in December 1952; [1] it was published the same year. The piece with few exceptions consists of unison quindicesima melodies beginning first in the lowest, The prelude starts softly and quite simply in a Bach-like chorale setting, marked by the indication, In the prelude elements of a simple folk melody are subverted into something humorous and unpredictable, and there are echoes of the finale of the, Octave tremolos feature prominently in the bleak and substantial adagio lament in, The prelude offers some reflective relief after the intensity of the previous two pairs, with its naive folk-like melody first stated in the bass with arpeggios above. Nikolayeva studied composition with Evgeny Golubev, shostakoich pupils also include Alfred Schnittke, and she has since written two Piano Concertos, a Sonata and much other music for solo piano, as well as vocal works. The Fugue is actually a double fugue. 1 in C major on YouTube, played by Shostakovich; Prelude and Fugue No. Bach's The Well-Tempered Clavier, an earlier set of 48 preludes and fugues, is widely held to be the direct inspiration for Shostakovich's cycle, largely based on the work's composition history (see below). Shostakovich, 48 Preludes and Fugues (1951) These preludes and fugues are among the masterpieces of the twentieth century. J.S. 87 No. NO. 1 and 2), then to one sharp (G major, E minor), two sharps (D major, B minor), and so on, ending with D minor (1 flat). The short prelude contrasts the heroic chorale-like opening section with capricious, undercutting interruptions. 1 in A Minor (Op. A long, florid melody opens this prelude, then the mode darkens and the pace slows to adagio for an intense short interlude before the melody returns. The appendices include information on Shostakovich's compositional dates and recordings of his preludes and fugues. 32) and Scriabin (Op. NO. The five-note rhythmic cell upon which it is based recalls a jocular passage from the third movement of the Fourth Symphony. Sign up to get free in-depth coverage on up and coming artist and more! 87 – 24 Preludes and Fugues: Analysis, "Dmitry Shostakovich's Twenty-Four Preludes and Fugues op. 87 (classical music album) - Play streams in full or download MP3 from Classical Archives (classicalarchives.com), … Two separate subjects are introduced in turn (the second in slightly faster tempo), then are combined fortissimo in a towering musical edifice. Follow this and additional works at: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/musicstudent. Dmitri Shostakovich: 12 Preludes and Fugues from Op. Examples of this abound in Baroque keyboard literature from composers such as Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer, from whom Bach drew inspiration for his own figuration preludes (the C major and the D minor, for example).[3]. The composition begins rather humbly with a quiet, conservative exposition, but it ends triumphantly with nearly every possible fugal device (invertible counterpoint, stretto, double stretto, diminution, augmentation, retrograde) exploited in the final bars. The Prelude is written in simple two-part texture, and in Shostakovich’s inimitable fashion combines a playful ambiance with a touch of the sinister. This Prelude is also notable for its extremes of range, which cover nearly the entire keyboard; three staves are required to notate it. Among the works of his later years was the monumental set of 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 4.8 out of 5 stars 52. It then continues in a gentle weaving fashion (much like the C♯ minor fugue from Book I of Bach's 48). NO. University of Nebraska at Lincoln, dplutalov@gmail.com. Choral 7:18 7 III. The simple fugue subject, characterised by the rhythm of a crotchet and two quavers, makes for a translucent opening, but tonal wanderings and conflicts between minor and major intensify the mood until the calm F major resolution. This analysis will focus exclusively on the succession of pitches and their corresponding durations contained within the given work. [25][26] Other notable complete recordings have been made by Keith Jarrett (ECM Records 1991), Vladimir Ashkenazy (Decca Records 1996–1998) and Konstantin Scherbakov (Naxos Records 1999). 87 by Dmitri Shostakovich is a set of 24 preludes and fugues 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. On a larger scale, the whole structure, ordered and sequenced as it is with no apparent extra-musical narrative, is largely a response to Bach. …The breadth of images and characterizations is very great: from tragedy to humor, from gaiety to the grotesque.” Musicologist Wilfrid Mellers maintains that “if there is a single work among his large output that assures us that Shostakovich is among the handful of great composers [of the twentieth century], this collection is it.” And for tonight’s pianist, Alexander Melnikov, “we hear the voice of a tormented man, finding again and again the superhuman force to face life as it is – in all its variety, ugliness, and sometimes beauty.”, In an interview accompanying his recording of the 24 Preludes and Fugues, Melnikov suggests that one of Shostakovich’s aims was to see what he could do with the forms beyond Bach, what he could do with material completely unsuitable as a fugal subject. The Three Fantastic Dances get some airings. A minor: 3. Denis V. Plutalov. ), Shostakovich’s (like Chopin’s) move through the so-called “circle of fifths,” which begins with C major and its  relative minor (A), then adds one sharp for G major/E minor, then two sharps, etc. 1 IN C MAJOR: The cycle gets underway with a sarabande, a stately Baroque dance in slow triple meter with its characteristic rhythmic pattern. 1 10:38 3 I. Prelude 3:42 4 II. The following fugue starts with a short introduction. The pioneering pianist performed selections from Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. The first subject is a slow stepwise melody consisting mostly of half notes and quarter notes, while the second subject is a partial diminution or variation on the first subject (eighth notes instead of quarter notes). In 1950, Shostakovich was sent by his government as the head of a Soviet delegation to East Germany for the ceremonies surrounding the bicentenary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach. The fugal subject is based entirely on the notes of the tonic chord (A – C-sharp – E). 1, 4, 5, 6, 13, 14, 18, 23 and 24 twice by doing the recording for EMI.[24]. Music. Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. In contrast to the characteristic harmonic complexity of the prelude, the fugue is written in, The prelude is a toccata mostly for one voice, with, The prelude is composed of a juxtaposition of a. 8 IN F SHARP MINOR: One of the briefest preludes sits beside the longest fugue by far of the twelve we hear tonight – nearly nine minutes in Melnikov’s performance. Significantly enough, the First Symphony contained a prominent part for the piano. 87 by Dmitri Shostakovich is a set of 24 preludes and fugues for solo piano, one in each of the major and minor keys of the chromatic scale. He never recorded Nos. 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