Roussel – Prélude and Fugue



Albert Roussel came to composition somewhat later in life. He’d previously been a seaman, then after the First World War settled down to follow his dream and write music. 

He’d studied hard, and was influenced by many of his fellow French composers of the time. Hence you could describe his style as neoclassical, never completely shrugging off tonality – good for him, I say.

This clever work begins with a highly energetic, and rather frenetic Prelude, followed by an intriguing Fugue that somehow manages to end with a triumphant cadence. 4.5 mins M/A

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