“Some of Gershwin’s finest inspirations have not as yet been either published or publicly performed. It is probable that the production of his twenty-four preludes … will award him a still higher rank in the army of contemporary composers.” In 1925, an admirer thus heralded George Gershwin’s ambitious project in Vanity Fair, namely to compose preludes in all keys as Bach and Chopin had done before. On 4 December of the following year, the composer publicly performed five of these pieces. However, the extremely busy darling of Broadway only published the famous three Preludes for Piano (1927) during his lifetime. We are now proud to present them for the first time in a state-of-the-art Urtext edition.
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“On Saturday afternoon the musical smart set clustered at the Hotel Roosevelt to hear George Gershwin play his five new preludes for piano. It was the first public performance of these pieces, which are still in manuscript and which are to be joined with others as yet unwritten in a series called ‘Melting Pot.’ They proved brief and glowing little vignettes of New York … more
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Les célèbres trois Préludes pour piano (1927) proposés ici selon les règles de l’art éditorial, dans une édition Urtext (Norbert Gertsch, doigtés de Andreas Boyde).