Anton: Reicha Etude dans le genre Fugué Op 97 No 1a

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Although it belongs to a set of 34 pieces gathered under the title of Etudes dans le genre fugué, this E minor introduction to the set is strictly speaking neither a study nor a fugue.

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Although it belongs to a set of 34 pieces gathered under the title of Etudes dans le genre fugué, this E minor introduction to the set is strictly speaking neither a study nor a fugue. Functioning rather as a prelude, it establishes a mood of grave and calm reflection which would prove useful in tackling or listening to the set as a whole. Note how the melody sinks lower and lower into the bass throughout the piece.