Lauded as one of the most original and brilliant of Georgian composers,Sulkhan Tsintsadzesynthesised 20th-century classical elements with the rhythmic, melodic, harmonic and modal characteristics of Georgian folk music. In so doing he developed, across a wide spectrum of the repertoire, his own highly personal and approachable idiom.
His24 Preludes for Pianowere composed in 1971 and are unmistakeably national in character. He gave new life to traditional Georgian folk songs and dances in a masterfully structured cycle that flows with the seamless eloquence of a film. This virtuosic kaleidoscope of contrasting images reveals music that is both extravagant and vibrant.
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Tsintsadze 24 Preludes for Piano (1971)
1 No. 1 in C major 2 No. 2 in A minor 3 No. 3 in G major 4 No. 4 in E minor 5 No. 5 in D major 6 No. 6 in B minor 7 No. 7 in A major 8 No. 8 in F sharp minor 9 No. 9 in E major 10 No. 10 in C sharp minor 11 No. 11 in B major 12 No. 12 in G sharp major 13 No. 13 in G flat major 14 No. 14 in E flat major 15 No. 15 in D flat major 16 No. 16 in B flat minor 17 No. 17 in A flat major 18 No. 18 in F minor 19 No. 19 in E flat major 20 No. 20 in C minor 21 No. 21 in B flat minor 22 No. 22 in G minor 23 No. 23 in F major 24 No. 24 in D minor