In music, especially since the contributions of Johann Sebastian Bach (March 31,1685 - July 28,1750) in The Well-Tempered Clavier books 1 and 2, the prelude evolved from being an introductory movement to eventually an independent composition. Franz Joseph Haydn owned manuscript copies of The Well-Tempered Clavier and Ludwig van Beethoven spent several years in his youth playing and intensely studying The Well-Tempered Clavier. Among the composers who have been inspired are Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Dmitry Shostakovich (opus 87 is 24 preludes and fugues; opus 34 is 24 preludes), Aleksandr Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Louis Couperin, Francois Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Dieterich Buxtehude, Muzio Clementi, Johan Nepomuk Hummel, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Ferrucio Busoni, Ignaz Moscheles and Lera Auerbach. It is necessary to mention that Lera Auerbach has composed THREE sets of preludes: Opus 41 is 24 preludes for piano; Opus 46 is 24 preludes for violin and piano and Opus 47 is 24 preludes for violincello and piano. In addition, she arranged Shostakovich's Opus 34 (24 preludes) once for violincello and piano in 2008, and then for viola and piano in 2010. Of further fascination is opus 41 by the Swiss composer Emile-Robert Blanchet (July 17, 1877 - March 27, 1943). This work was published in 1926-7 and has 64 preludes described as "contrapuntal etudes of transcendental technique".
Each prelude here includes an image of musical notation describing a theme from one of Blanchet's preludes; a hexagram from the I Ching with name and meaning; a short text and a brief video.
PRELUDES 1 - 8 Preliminaries    
Introduction Entrance Poster Bowing Saluting
Wristbands Hand signals Mouthguards Cool wraps
PRELUDES 9 - 16 Before We Start    
Origins Meaning A sword art Grandmasters
Eating and drinking Sashes Underwear IMPORTANT Rules
PRELUDES 17 - 24 Fundamentals    
Chairs Sitting Standing Warmups
Breathing Wind and Willows Fingernails Smartglasses
PRELUDES 25 - 32 Accessories    
Tai Chi Tools Socks Shoes Tassels and Flags
Cotton uniforms Silk uniforms Jewelry Hats and Caps
PRELUDES 33 - 40 Foundations    
Qigong Taiji Zhang (stick) Wearing Sensors College degrees
Wudang Tai Chi  Mirrors Grips Cameras
PRELUDES 41 - 48 Chen style sets    
18 Movements Lao Jia - Old Frame Batons/Maces Saber
Sword Staff Spear Long Pole - lau gar
PRELUDES 49 - 56 Advanced Chen style    
Cannon Fist Xin Jia - New Frame Hammers and fans Kwan Dao
Silk Reeling Competition sets Dragon dancing Lion dancing
PRELUDES 57 - 64 Sets from  other arts    
Shaolin sets Xing Yi Chuan sets Iron Palm Bagua Zhang sets
Hung Gar sets Javelins and atlatls Archery Parallel and serial

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