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Twenty-Four Preludes For Piano

By York Bowen

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Composed by York Bowen (1884-1961). Book Only. Composed 2002. 74 pages. Chester Music #MUSCH63569. Published by Chester Music (BT.MUSCH63569).

Item Number: BT.MUSCH63569

The seemingly endless invention of the 24 Preludes for Piano follows the key scheme employed by Bach in The Well-Tempered Clavier, through a landscape of harmonic subtlety and craftsmanship of the most refined sort.York Bowen wasa British composer whose fifty-year career musical career spanned much of the 20th century. Bowen was not only a prolific composer, he was also a pianist, conductor, Organist, Violinist and Horn player. He premiered manyimportant works and his own music was featured many times at the Proms, among other concert series, and he had a host of critical champions. Sir Henry J Wood, for instance, believed Bowen had never received proper recognition andCamille Saint-Saens regarded him as the 'finest of English composers' early in his career. His compositional style changed little throughout his life, so that his later oeuvre was less celebrated than his earlier works, as musicfashion had moved on.

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