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George Gershwin

Prelude No. 2 for Piano (2:38)

Andante con moto e poco rubato

The second Prelude, in C sharp minor, also has the distinct flavour of jazz. The piece begins with a sad melody wending its way above a smooth, steady bassline. The harmonies and melodies of this piece are built on thirds, emphasizing both the interval of the seventh and the major/minor duality of the blues scale. In the second section, the key, tempo, and thematic material all change;…

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