I go through phases. Perhaps I’m fickle? I don’t know, but I will say that I’m on a piano prelude kick of late and I’m discovering gems.
I view the piano prelude to be a concentrated emotion, a puissantly distilled essence of a feeling. Chopin gave the world this genre and his blessing was meteoric upon impact. I haven’t listened to the Raindrop in years, but it still reverberates.
After Chopin many composers for the piano composed preludes: Debussy, Liadov, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, et al.
Western music is so rich…! And to think that only a minority of Westerners appreciate it. The West is truly a degraded civilization.