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Piano Preludes: Bach, Chopin, and Debussy

Juilliard via edX

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Preludes are short works of music that have varied in form and style throughout the past three centuries. In this course, you will learn three famous preludes, each from a different era; the first was written by Bach, the second by Chopin, and third by Debussy.

Watch videos of Juilliard-trained pianists playing each piece, listen to lectures that offer instructional tips, explore the rich history of the prelude as a musical genre, and delve into media-rich lessons that will teach you a step-by-step approach to learning each new work.

You will boost your piano technique and build practice skills that will inspire and enrich your playing for years to come.


Introduction Module: What is a Prelude?
Module 1: J.S. Bach’s Prelude in C Major
Module 2: Frédéric Chopin’s Prelude in E minor
Module 3: Claude Debussy’s The Girl with the Flaxen Hair

Taught by

Dr. Michael Shinn


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