Préludes (Debussy)  

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Claude Debussy's Préludes are two sets of pieces for solo piano. They are divided into two separate livres, or books, of twelve preludes each. Unlike previous cycles of twenty-four preludes, like that of Chopin, Debussy's do not follow a strict set pattern of key signatures, but instead allude to possible keys throughout the preludes. Each book was written in a matter of months. Book 2 appeared almost exactly three years after Book 1. The first book was written between December 1909 and February 1910, and the second between the last months of 1912 and beginning of April 1913. Debussy’s piano preludes helped transform the relatively unimportant purpose that preludes served into one that gave them much more significance.

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