I have 2 preludes ready at this time –
Prelude #16 in d minor
Prelude #17 in G Major
Despite some of the obvious differences (#16 is fast, choppy and lasts less than 40 seconds while #17 is slow, more lyric and lasts just under 2 minutes) these two preludes are closely related.
Both of these are what Charles Rosen calls in his book “The Romantic Generation” “fragments” – the start as if in the middle of a thought and end before the thought is complete. Many of these preludes are like that, with the intention that they fit together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle instead of as stand alone works.
Both of these rely on some chord/key relationships. #16 uses the relationship between the Neapolitan and Dominant (a tritone!) a lot, as well as relationships of the third. #17 adds, and emphasizes, the augmented six chords, in particular the so called “German” or augmented 6-5 and the “French” or augmented 6-4 chords. (Note – the German chord is enharmonically the same as a Dominant based on the chord a major third lower than the tonic, which can be interpreted as the Dominant of the Neapolitan).
Both have an important part in Ab, a tritone from D and the Neapolitan of G. B is also an important key area in both of these.
They both have introductions which help show the important relationships.
The introduction to #17, however, is slightly programic. It has rained most of the last month. It has been wet and cold, occasionally stormy. #17 was originally intended as thoughts of blue skies coming out of the storms, shafts of sun light striking still dripping leaves. Some of the original program was left in, so you may here some of this.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this latest addition.
Here are the preludes to this point. (A little note – remember that I am doing a circle like this (cap=major, lower=minor) – C-a-D-b-E-c#-Gb-eb-Ab-f-Bb-g - Eb-c-F-d-G-e-A-f#-B-g#-Db-bb )
1 – Prelude in C Major
2 - Prelude in a minor
3 – Prelude in D Major
4 – Prelude in b minor
5 – Prelude in E Major
6 - Prelude in c# minor
7 – Prelude in Gb Major
8 – Prelude in eb minor
9 - Prelude in Ab Major
10 - Prelude in f minor
11 - Prelude in Bb Major
12 - Prelude in g minor
13 – Prelude in Eb Major
14 – Prelude in c minor
15 – Prelude in F Major
16 – Prelude in d minor
17 – Prelude in G Major
Note - #s 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17 are rendered with the Authorized Steinway. All others are rendered with the GPO Steinway.