A Guide to the ABRSM Syllabus (2023 - 2024)

S. Heller - Prelude in C# Minor (No. 10 from 24 Preludes, Op. 81)

ABRSM Grade 6 - A1

Stephen Heller is best known for his piano studies. Even though this charming piece is a prelude (from a set of 24 preludes in all keys following the famous examples from Bach and Chopin), it serves as a study in leggiero playing. The required lightness is achieved by finger articulation supported by a weightless arm and feels akin to scratching the keyboard with the tips of the fingers. Most of the passagework is in the right hand, the left hand leading in bar 17.

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  • This piece is available for digital download individually from the ABRSM shop here or in print as part of the Piano Exam Pieces 2023 & 2024 Grade 6 publication here.
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