Essay on Biography of Sergei Rachmaninoff

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“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” This is a quote from the great and talented composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. If you look up what the quote means you can get many different answers, but many I don’t agree with. I believe the quote means something more to Rachmaninoff. I think the quote means that through Rachmaninoff’s lifetime he could have been satisfied with the music he created, but through his lifetime he did not create all the music he could have. This speaks to how talented Rachmaninoff is at composing such master pieces in music. From his early child hood in Russia to becoming a worldwide success he has always had that drive to write music. Sergei Rachmaninoff was born on April 1, 1873 in one…show more content…
He made a tour of Western Europe and the United States, with a program that contained the Prelude. It was so popular that it was referred to as “The Prelude” and the audience would demand it as an encore at his performances usually yelling “C-sharp!” Rachmaninoff graduated as a composer in 1892, in the ceremony he was awarded a gold medal for his acclaimed opera Aleko. The first symphony in Rachmaninoff’s career was in 1897 and by all account it was a disaster. It is believed that the conductor was drunk at the time. In shame Rachmaninoff destroyed the score. Pieces of the score survived and were put back together after his death. Rachmaninoff’s life was affect by the patterns he established early in his career. His uncomfortable endeavor between performing and composing with, with monetary pressures usually ensuring that preeminence needed to be given to the orders of the platform. He was a worldwide character as early as 1899, when he conducted a concert of his orchestral works in London, also playing some of his piano music. In 1900 Rachmaninoff began work on his Second Piano Concerto, considered one of the most frequently performed works in this genre. The Concerto contains flutes, oboes, clarinet, bassoons, horns, trumpet, trombones, tubas, timpani, bass drums, cymbals, solo piano, and strings. The Concerto builds tension with the piano eventually climaxing. The years leading up to the Russian Revolution were spent in a never

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