Preludes: Musical Info & Synopsis


Preludes tells the story of the famous Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. The musical explores Rachmaninoff’s struggle with depression and writer’s block after the disastrous premiere of his first symphony. Through dreamlike sequences and interactions, the show delves into his journey of self-discovery, finding inspiration, and eventually composing his beloved “Piano Concerto no. 2 in C Minor”.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Cast Size: 6

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1900s / Russia

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics/Book: Dave Malloy


Sheet Music: Blue Wizard Music➝

An Inside Look: Preludes at Southwark Playhouse

Cast Albums

Original Cast (2016)➝


2010s, Avant-GardeClassical, One-Word, Piano-Heavy, Small Cast, Solo Composer

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Song List

Act 1:

“Your Day” – Rach

“Lilacs” – Rach, Natalya

“Ho-Ho” – Chaliapin, Chekhov

“Vocalise” – Natalya

“Subway” – Rach, Natalya, Chaliapin

“Music” – Company

“Tchaikovsky’s Child Song” – Tchaikovsky, Rach

“Natalya” – Natalya

Act 2:

“Loop” – Chaliapin

“Not Alone” – Rach, Natalya

“The First Symphony” – Rach, Chaliapin, Natalya, Dahl, Glazunov

“Vespers” – Ensemble

“Hypnosis” – Dahl, Ensemble

“Mountains” – Rachmaninoff

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