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Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Semyonovo (1873 – 1943)

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов), 1 April 1873 - 28 March 1943, was a composer, pianist, and conductor. Alternative transliterations of his name include Sergey, Sergej or Serge, and Rachmaninov, Rakhmaninoff.) Rachmaninoff was born in 1873 in Semyonovo, near Novgorod, in north-western Russia. He was born into a noble russian family, who had been in the service of the Russian tsars since the 16th century. His parents were both amateur pianists.

Rachmaninov is regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. He had legendary technical facilities and rhythmic drive, and his large hands were able to cover the interval of a thirteenth on the keyboard (a hand span of approximately twelve inches). His large handspan roughly corresponded with his height; Rachmaninov was 6 feet 6 inches (1.98m) tall according to sources. He also had the ability to play complex compositions upon first hearing. Many recordings were made by the Victor Talking Machine Company recording label of Rachmaninov’s performing his own music, as well as works from the standard repertory.

His reputation as a composer, on the other hand, has generated controversy since his death. The 1954 edition of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians notoriously dismissed his music as “monotonous in texture … consist mainly of artificial and gushing tunes …” and predicted that his popular success was “not likely to last”. [1] To this, Harold C.

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  • industriaFAN

    Может изменить -off на -ov?

    22 Nov 9:46am Reply
  • Unknowny503

    I recall how I made some ignorant statements about Shostakovich's opuses after listening for the first time his avant-garde stuff. And I still feel deeply remorseful how fool I was. So never, never jump into conclusion till you examine a composer's legacy more closely.

    15 Oct 2:14pm Reply
  • kaciapjauni

    contra-punctus, are you serious? the majority of people, who are teenagers like me, don't even know who is Rachmaninoff. and if his music is boring, why it's popular with the masses? people don't like boring music.

    24 Sep 4:33pm Reply
  • Manul_Manul

    заебись стелит так-то )

    28 Aug 7:35pm Reply
  • DonDonald

    contra-punctus, calling it 'shitmaninoff' or 'neoromanticist' garbage, seems totally uncalled for. How exactly is that describing why it is that you have a problem with this composer?

    25 Aug 3:54pm Reply
  • contra-punctus

    no al his music is mediocre and boring, and popular with the masses due to it's appropriation as background music. therefore it's populist and bad

    22 Jul 7:06pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    V nah

    11 Jul 10:27am Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    His music doesn't sound bad so it's populist and bad. did i get that right

    11 Jul 6:59am Reply
  • contra-punctus

    more like shitmaninoff

    2 Jul 8:42am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    this is great, i like it !

    6 Jun 10:50pm Reply
  • Keila_M

    5 Jun 9:23am Reply
  • egrm

    This is Beautiful!

    31 May 3:18pm Reply
  • contra-punctus

    neoromanticist populist garbage manufactured for plebeians

    28 Apr 2:47am Reply
  • hundlord

    Shit vad jag är dålig i magen

    21 Apr 8:27am Reply
  • neezinu

    better than drugs

    8 Apr 7:13pm Reply
  • mandybula1995

    бесподобен!!!!!!

    2 Mar 6:13pm Reply
  • ballseven

    Sublime! :)

    29 Jan 5:29pm Reply
  • Scvip

    Сколько иностранцев, будто наши и знать не знают о Сергее Васильевиче=(

    10 Jan 7:28pm Reply
  • JHnMan

    Isle of the Dead!!!

    6 Jan 9:01pm Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Classics №VI - http://classics.saltyknuckles.net/2013-51/

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
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