Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff

RachmaninoffSergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (1 April 1873 - 28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He was one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, the last great representative of Russian late Romanticism in classical music. Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and other Russian composers gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom which included a pronounced lyricism, expressive breadth, structural ingenuity and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors.

Understandably, the piano figures prominently in Rachmaninoff's compositional output, either as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble. He made it a point, however, to use his own skills as a performer to explore fully the expressive possibilities of the instrument. Even in his earliest works, he revealed a sure grasp of idiomatic piano writing and a striking gift for melody. In some of his early orchestral pieces he showed the first signs of a talent for tone painting, which he would perfect in The Isle of the Dead, and he began to show a similar penchant for vocal writing in two early sets of songs, Opp. 4 and 8. Rachmaninoff's masterpiece, however, is his choral symphony The Bells, in which all of his talents are fused and unified.

Rachmaninoff sometimes felt threatened by the success of modernists such as Scriabin and Prokofiev and wondered whether to cease composing even before he left Russia. His musical philosophy was rooted in the Russian spiritual tradition, where the role of the artist was to create beauty and to speak the truth from the depths of his heart. In his last major interview, in 1941, he admitted his music, like Russian music, was a product of his temperament. He said, on another occasion, "The new kind of music seems to create not from the heart but from the head. Its composers think rather than feel. They have not the capacity to make their works exalt—they meditate, protest, analyze, reason, calculate and brood, but they do not exalt."

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vocalise nangari (11)
1578d ago
3 Accordion Transcription
Prelude in C-sharp minor pattiq22 (192)
1766d ago
4 Piano Transcription
Polichinelle pattiq22 (192)
1766d ago
9 Piano Transcription
Prelude in C-Sharp Minor. Opus 3, nº2 For The Piano cchucho39 (429)
2019d ago
8 Piano Original
vocalise abyssine (96)
2051d ago
5 Piano, Cello Original
Prelud op.3 no.2 cchucho39 (429)
2088d ago
8 Piano Original
Daisies alekraverm (1)
2885d ago
3 Piano Transcription
Prelude Op. 3 No.2 in C Sharp Minor amirkia (8)
2953d ago
4 Piano Other
Vocalise masefield (1)
3003d ago
6 Piano Transcription
Symphonic Dances Op. 45 - 1st mvt. grimmbo93 (1)
3007d ago
33 Piano Transcription
Piano Concerto No.2 sdshin6 (8)
3020d ago
36 Piano Book
18th Variations from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini laisnidei (16)
3083d ago
3 Piano Original
Sing not to me, beautiful maiden eatdirt (4)
3145d ago
4 Piano, Vocal Book
Prelude op. 23 no 5 - Alla Marcia (1901) prisfish (14)
3147d ago
6 Piano Original
These summer nights eatdirt (4)
3152d ago
5 Piano, Vocal Book
vocalise krise25 (26)
3157d ago
3 Piano Transcription
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini ousgg (5)
3158d ago
4 Piano Original
Morceau de fantasie sonofwolf724 (10)
3161d ago
2 Piano Original
Prelude in G-minor (Op. 23 No. 5) unklepaul (2)
3162d ago
6 Piano Other
Isle of the Dead mcoppola07 (5)
3162d ago
69 Piano, Cello, Trumpet, Violin, Clarinet, Flute, Viola, Horn, Bass, Harp, Trombone Original