Known as one of the greatest Russian pianists of all time, Sergei Vasilievivh Rachmaninoff was born
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Known as one of the greatest Russian pianists of all time, Sergei Vasilievivh Rachmaninoff was born on the 1st of April 1873 near Novgorod . Rachmaninoff was born into an aristocratic family that had a strong musical background. His father, Vasily Arkadyevich, was an amateur pianist. Sergei’s mother, Lyubov Butakova, and her father encouraged the development of his musical talent, providing him with piano lessons at the age of four. Financial crisis hit the family when Rachmaninoff was nine years old. They had to action off their home and Rachmaninoff had to continue his musical studies at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory . During that same year, 1883, his sister passed away and his father moved to Moscow. His maternal grandmother took up…show more content…
2. His passion for composing had been rekindled as majority of their sessions revolved around his next concerto. Rachmaninoff proceeded to dedicate this piece to Dr. Dahl, as it is a reflection of his recovery. He completed this composition by May 1901 and it premiered on the 27th of October with Rachmaninoff as the soloist and his cousin Siloti as the conductor.
This concerto was received well and admired by many. It is also one of his most popular concertos, played frequently by several. In 1904, Rachmaninoff won the Glinka Prize for this composition. (What else can I write to introduce the piece?)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op 18
This concerto adheres to the classical way of composing a piece in this genre. It consists of three movements:
1. Moderato (C minor)
2. Adagio Sostenuto (E major)
3. Allegro Scherzando (C minor)
The solo instrument is the piano, while the orchestra consists of two flutes, two clarinets, two oboes, two bassoons, two trumpets, three trombones, four horns, tube, timpani, bass drum, cymbals and strings.
The first movement begins with slow bell-like chords played by the piano and is followed by a Russian melody. It is written in the Sonata Allegro Form and so is divided into the Exposition, Development and Recapitulation. The second movement is slower and nocturne-like. It follows the Ternary Form (ABA) and includes a coda.
The final movement (I’m not sure whether