The romantic idyll ended when the composer fell seriously ill and the beautiful weather gave way to rain and cool temperatures. Work on the preludes was delayed, although the manuscript of the 24 Preludes was still ready in January In that same year they appeared in print in Paris, London and Leipzig.
The preludes are piano miniatures, among the most beautiful and most important compositions in the Chopin oeuvre. One can point to two traditions to which Chopin referred.
The first is Bach's Wohltemperiertes Klavier - two famous sets of 24 preludes and fugues in all the keys. Chopin took a copy of this work with him to Majorca and frequently played the preludes and fugues by his beloved Bach.
The other tradition was contemporary to Chopin and involved the practice of "preluding" before a larger-scale work piano preludes of this sort were published prior to Chopin by Hummel , Kalkbrenner and Moscheles , among others. But in truth the 24 Preludes, Op. It was a very self-conscious effort on my part and one of the monitors even came over and put his hands on my shoulders just to shut me up. I had the feeling all the others were so much more ardent than I. Bach shows us through the G-sharp minor Prelude and Fugue.
A quiet sadness ensues, only to build and build again — to sorrow of a depth Brahms, as I have noted, wrote would have driven him mad — again to culminate in a deep bass trill Now the second theme enters, but its futility merely supplants that of the first.
After passing through the three voices, and taking a few moments of restful release — suddenly it bursts high above us in the treble with an intensity one can hardly bear.
One cannot bear. There is a parallel here with my own life: My cousin Nell whom I shall write about someday likewise ended her life at the same age as Bernhard. No second chances. I failed her, pure and simple.
She was probably — not probably but certainly — the blood relative of mine closest to me in spirit. Long gone. If only, if only, if only. Ultimately, and at root, this anguish is the same in all of us, it has the same source, the same cause, the same impetus: we are stuck, trapped, caged, seemingly eternally, in the prison of self, forever longing for reunion with.
The Whole. The anguish, for the moment, fades. But where?
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We hardly care. Regardless, the music flows on and now the two themes enter together , conjoined as they will be to the end, as if they were always naught but one and the same.
But suddenly — hope! The bass voice rises stepwise in joyful optimism, culminating in an entrance of both themes — for the first time!
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