A Suitable Prelude

Kenneth Hamilton

in After the Golden Age

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780195178265
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199870035 | DOI:
  A Suitable Prelude

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This chapter examines the virtually universal custom before the mid-decades of the 20th-century of pianists improvising preludes and transitions between pieces, with especial attention to Chopin, Czerny, Liszt, von Bülow, Busoni, and Grainger. Possible reasons for the origin and eventual demise of the custom are suggested.

Keywords: improvization; preluding; Chopin; Czerny; Liszt; von Bülow; Busoni; Grainger

Chapter.  10300 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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