SERGEI RAKHMANINOV 1873-1943
Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff was a Russian pianist, composer, and conductor of the late Romantic period, some of whose works are among the most popular in the Romantic repertoire. Rachmaninoff ranked among the finest pianists of his time.
The compositions of Rachmaninoff's cover a variety of musical forms and genres. He studied at the Moscow Conservatory and while there, composed some of his most famous works, including the first piano concerto (Op. 1) and the Prelude in C-sharp minor (Op. 3, No. 2). His Symphony No. 1 (Op. 13) was one of his first compositions as a "Free Artist" after graduation. He composed his second piano concerto (Op. 18), which is still part of the major orchestra repertoire today. In 1909, he made his first tour of the United States, and composed Piano Concerto No. 3 (Op. 30).
After this, due to migration from Russia in 1917 and his busy concert career, his output as a composer decreased, and during this period, he completed only six compositions. His last work, Symphonic Dances (Op. 45), was completed in 1940.
"Portrait of Sergei Rachmaninov"
Author Rinat Kuramshin
Photo. Manor of S.Rachmaninov
S. Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2
Photo. Villa Senar. Switzerland