Dmitri Kabalevsky's 24 preludes, op. 38
Fung, Ruth Oi Choo
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Dmitri Borisovich Kabalevsky’s works cover a wide variety of genres and continue to be performed worldwide. His piano works for children are highly esteemed by piano teachers everywhere. Kabalevsky’s 24 Preludes, Op. 38, for solo piano, is a major work containing preludes suitable for pianists at the late intermediate to advanced levels. Published in 1945, this set contains a wide range of styles, offering a tremendous variety of technical and musical material. This document examines challenges encountered when learning Kabalevsky’s 24 Preludes, Op. 38. Each prelude is annotated and arranged according to three difficulty levels: late intermediate, early advanced, and advanced. Each annotation identifies problems students may face, offers solutions and suggestions that lead to successful performance, and lists discrepancies among the nine editions examined. The document has an Introduction and four chapters: Chapter I, “A Historical Background of Kabalevsky’s 24 Preludes, Op. 38,” Chapter II, “Late Intermediate Preludes,” Chapter III, “Early Advanced Preludes,” Chapter IV, “Advanced Preludes.” The Conclusion summarizes the author’s findings about the primary pedagogical challenges of playing these preludes.