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Shostakovich Prelude

Tonight I recorded a short Shostakovich Prelude, Op 34 No 14, in Eb minor.


I first heard this piece in its band transcription, transcribed by H. Robert Reynolds:

I have to admit that part of me likes the band transcription better. It seems to evoke the darkness of the piece more than solo piano, and the piercing trumpets at the climax add a lot to the piece. This orchestration influenced my interpretation of the piece (but I often think of solo piano pieces in terms of "its orchestration," so that's not too much of a surprise).

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