Dmitri Shostakovich's Twenty-four Preludes for piano were composed in 1932-33, and the Prelude in E-flat minor, opus 34, No. 14, was one in this wet. Opening with a calm but strong chordal statement, this piece continues to build in a single direction to a grand climax of fff dynamics after which it quickly returns to the quiet mood and material of the beginning. While only 36 measures long, one senses a much more expansive and lengthy composition than its few short minutes reveal.
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