Charles V. Stanford's "24 Preludes, Op. 163" is a collection of marvelous musical compositions in all keys for piano. This is the second volume, containing the complete, original sheet music for pieces 17-24. Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 - 1924) was an Irish composer, conductor, and teacher of music. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and continued his studies in Berlin and Leipzig. He was a very influential composer, responsible for making Cambridge University Musical Society an internationally-acclaimed organisation. Stanford was also a profuse composer, producing a large corpus of work in many genres; however, he is perhaps best remembered for his Anglican choral works for church performance. His music eventually became overshadowed by that of Edward Elgar and a number of his former pupils in the in the 20th century. Presented clearly with room for notes and annotations, this volume is ideal for students and those with an interest in learning to play one of Stanford's masterpieces, and it is not to be missed by collectors of classical music. Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in a modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on the history of musical notation.