Preludes, Op. 32 (Rachmaninoff)

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The tenth prelude of this opus

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Thirteen Preludes (Russian: Тринадцать прелюдий, Trinadtsat' prelyudiy), Op. 32, is a set of thirteen preludes for solo piano, composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff in 1910.

It complements his earlier Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3/2, and 10 Preludes, Op. 23, to complete the full set of 24 Preludes in all 24 major and minor keys.

Works in this opus[edit]

Opus 32 contains 13 preludes:

  • No. 1 in C major (Allegro vivace)
  • No. 2 in B flat minor (Allegretto)
  • No. 3 in E major (Allegro vivace)
  • No. 4 in E minor (Allegro con brio)
  • No. 5 in G major (Moderato)
  • No. 6 in F minor (Allegro appassionato)
  • No. 7 in F major (Moderato)
  • No. 8 in A minor (Vivo)
  • No. 9 in A major (Allegro moderato)
  • No. 10 in B minor (Lento)
  • No. 11 in B major (Allegretto)
  • No. 12 in G sharp minor (Allegro)
  • No. 13 in D flat major (Grave – Allegro)

Prelude No. 10[edit]

Prelude in B minor, Op. 32, No. 10, was written in 1910 along with the other thirteen pieces. Rachmaninoff was inspired by Arnold Böcklin's painting "Die Heimkehr" ("The Homecoming" or "The Return").[1] This is the second work of Rachmaninoff's to be inspired by one of Böcklin's paintings; the other being Isle of the Dead.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wehmeyer, 2000, Rachmaninov
  • Baylor, Murray, Rachmaninoff 13 Preludes Opus 32 For the Piano, Pg. 5Alfred Music Publishing, New York, 1988
  • Brennan, Gerald, Schrott, Allen, Woodstra, Chris, All Music Guide to Classical Music: The Definitive Guide to Classical Music, Backbeat Books, California, 2005

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