Preludes: Musical Info & Synopsis


Preludes tells the story of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff as he struggles with depression and writer’s block after the disastrous premiere of his first symphony. Through dreamlike sequences and interactions, the musical delves into his journey of self-discovery, eventually leading to him finding inspiration and 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

Cast Albums

Original Cast (2016)➝


Sheet Music: Blue Wizard Music➝

An Inside Look: Preludes at Southwark Playhouse


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

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