Rachmaninoff's Throwback Composer

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Time has been an enemy to composers, but not in the case of Rachmaninoff. While such works as his three symphonies and Isle of the Dead are not performed with due consistency, his concerti and solo works are commended accomplishments. They are of great physical and scholarly skill, playable by only the most proficient and committed professionals. In academic circles, Rachmaninoff has yet to lose the stigma of a "throwback" composer who embraced romanticism a long ways past its time frame of realistic usability; judgement of his music is still found amongst theorists and well-known critics. But common listeners usually judge music on the sound itself as opposed to its chronicled position and Rachmaninoff's audiences have generously enlarged.

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