Prelude Music Recordings

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.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
3 Préludes, Op. 84 Cécile Chaminade Piano Romantic
4 Preludes for Piano, Op. 12 Felix Blumenfeld Piano Romantic
4 Preludes, Op. 48 Alexander Scriabin Piano Romantic
6 Easy Preludes for Organ Robert Führer Organ Romantic
6 Little Preludes, BWV 933-938 Johann Sebastian Bach Harpsichord Baroque
7 Preludes, Op.103 Anton Diabelli Guitar Romantic
9 Preludes, Op. 103 Gabriel Fauré Piano Early 20th Century
10 Preludes, Op.23 Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Romantic
12 Preludes, Op.67 Joseph Renner Organ Romantic
13 Preludes, Op. 32 Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Romantic
Chorale Prelude 'Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt', BWV 957 Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Baroque
Feux d'artifice, from Préludes (Book II) Claude Debussy Piano Early 20th Century
Gott der Vater wohn uns bei Johann Ludwig Krebs Organ Baroque
In dulci jubilo Johann Michael Bach Organ Baroque
La Puerta del Vino, from Preludes (Book II) Claude Debussy Piano Early 20th Century
Lobe den Herren Johann Gottfried Walther Organ Baroque
O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid, BWV Anh.200 Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Baroque
Ponce - Preludio in E Major Sylvius Leopold Weiss Guitar Baroque
Postludium on Straf mich nicht Christian Michael Wolff Organ Classical
Praeludium in Em 'Big' Nicolaus Bruhns Organ Baroque