Prelude

Preludes are short musical pieces with a non defined structure. They were originally conceived as introductory pieces, either to another more complex piece, to a suite of movements, or to a large scale work. The early preludes, usually written for keyboard, were highly improvisatory in nature. The prelude eventually evolved into a standalone concert piece, and Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the first collections of preludes organized by key. Many composers in subsequent years would emulate that idea.

Composers

Abraham Tena Manrique Agustin Barrios Mangore Alba Rosa Viëtor Aleksandr Chesnokov Aleksandr Glazunov Aleksey Yanshinov Alessandro Orologio Alexander Scriabin Alexandre-Pierre-François Boëly Alfonso Broqua Amy Marcy Beach Anatoly Lyadov Andreas Armsdorf Angelo Bottagisio Anton Arensky Anton Bruckner Anton Diabelli Antonio Coronaro Antonio Fontana António Fragoso Artem Andreasyan Arthur Battelle Whiting Arthur Foote Auguste Chérion Bartolomeo Campagnoli Bedřich Smetana Bernardo Ferrara Blas María de Colomer Bohuslav Martinů Carl Czerny Carl Nielsen Cécile Chaminade Cécile Ciolfi César Cui Charles Chaulieu Jr. Charles Joseph Frost Charles Villiers Stanford Charles Wood Charles-Auguste de Bériot Charles-Valentin Alkan Christian Cappelen Christian Fink Christian Flor Christian Michael Wolff Christlieb Siegmund Binder Claude Debussy Costas Anastassopoulos D. Emlyn Evans Dietrich Buxtehude Dorothy Albery Dudley Buck Edmondstoune Duncan Eduardo Bottigliero Edward Cuthbert Bairstow Edward Shippen Barnes Élie Miriam Delaborde Emanuel Aloys Förster Emanuel de Beaupuis Emanuel Moór Emile-Robert Blanchet Endre Zsasskovszky Erik Satie Ernst H. Wolfram Felix Blumenfeld Felix Mendelssohn Ferdinando Carulli Ferruccio Busoni Fidelis Zitterbart Jr. Filippo Capocci Florent Schmitt Florian Pascal Francisco Tárrega František Alois Drdla Franz Bühler Franz Liszt Frédéric Chopin Frederick Delius Friedrich David Billig Fritz Kreisler Gabriel Fauré Gabriel Pierné Gaetano Ferdinando Foschini Gasparo Sborgi Georg Böhm
Georg Armbrust Georg Friedrich Händel Georg Joseph Vogler Georg Muffat Georg Philipp Telemann George Albert Burdett George Calkin George Elbridge Whiting George Whitefield Chadwick Georges Auric Georgy Catoire Giacomo Carissimi Giovanni Battista Cattaneo Giovanni Bolzoni Giovanni Corini Girolamo Frescobaldi Giuseppe Concone Gottfried Ernst Bestel Gustav Adolf Merkel Gustav Beckmann Heinrich Bungart Heitor Villa-Lobos Henri Dallier Henry Purcell Hermann Paul Claußnitzer Howard Chamberlain Hugo Kaun Ignaz Moscheles Isaac Van Vleck Flagler J. Frank Donahoe J. Stuart Archer Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens Jakob Blied Jan Zach Jāzeps Vītols Jeanne Blancard Jerald Franklin Archer Joachim Raff Johan Amberg Johann Andreas Dröbs Johann Baptist Anton Vallade Johann Baptist Cramer Johann Baptist Vanhal Johann Bernhard Bach Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer Johann Christian Barthel Johann Christoph Bach Johann Christoph Conrad Johann Decker Johann Diebold Johann Georg Albrechtsberger Johann Gottfried Walther Johann Hermann Schein Johann Kaspar Mertz Johann Ludwig Krebs Johann Michael Bach Johann Nepomuk Hummel Johann Pachelbel Johann Peter Kellner Johann Rudolf Ahle Johann Sebastian Bach John Blow John Bull John Erhardt Weipert John Thomas Craven John Walsh John Zundel Josef Gabriel Rheinberger Josef Leopold Zvonař Joseph Achron Joseph Béesau Joseph Bucciali Joseph Renner Jules Massenet Julián Santos Carrión Julius André Karl Deigendesch Karl Friedrich Theodor Berthold Karol Szymanowski Konstantin Antipov Laurent Ceillier Lee Eitzen Lili Boulanger