Rachmaninoff

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On This Day
28 November: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 Was Premiered
Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 has the reputation of being one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the piano repertoire. It first sounded on 28 November 1909 in New York City with
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A Lighter Touch: Callaghan and Takenouchi on Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2
Four-hand Piano Version of Rachmaninoff’s most popular work After the complete and utter failure of his Symphony No. 1 at its premiere in 1897, Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff took a decade off from the genre, returning to create his Symphony
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Sergei Rachmaninoff and His Circle of Friends II
Henry Cowell (1897-1965) was a twenty-two year old Californian composer trying to establish his musical reputations. His mentor John Varian suggested, “you will have to depend on yourself and very few other musicians to develop your music.” As such Cowell
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Sergei Rachmaninoff and His Circle of Friends
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was one of the last great pianist-composers in a long tradition stretching back to Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt and Brahms. He always maintained that “a composer’s music should express the country of his birth, his love affairs, his
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On This Day
1 April: Sergei Rachmaninoff Was Born
Throughout the history of music, a good many composers had been able to claim aristocratic lineage. Such is certainly the case with Sergei Rachmaninoff, born on 1 April 1873. His father Vassili Rachmaninoff, son of the landowner Arkadi Rachmaninoff and
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Why Rachmaninoff Wrote So Much Music in Minor Keys
You have to hand it to composer Sergei Rachmaninoff—his three symphonies, the Symphonic Dances, four piano concertos, and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini are all written in minor keys. Other favorites, perhaps less frequently performed, are also in
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RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 – I. Allegro ma non tanto From RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Variations on a Theme of Corelli (2018) Released by Naxos Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D
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Picture studies: Rachmaninoff’s Études-Tableaux Op. 33
Rachmaninoff composed his Opus 33 Études-Tableaux between August and September of 1911, the year after he completed his Opus 32 Preludes, and while the Opus 33 shares some stylistic points with the Preludes, the pieces are very unlike them. Rachmaninoff
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