Prélude Op 31 No 1 (p51)

he smooth, glassy textures of this opening prélude, together with its nonchalant rhythmic scheme, instills a sense of serenity through its iterations. The melody, harnessed within the conffines of an octave, render it effectively a miniature study in voicing which might serve as a valuable pendant to the study of other such Op 52 or, closer to home, Alkan’s mighty étude, , the eleventh number of the Op 35.

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