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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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  • chibiharinezumi

    Любимый композитор. Его музыка-это целый мир.

    21 Jun 10:12am Reply
  • Ntagfoo


    27 May 11:11pm Reply
  • Filipizinho


    30 Apr 4:54am Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Just Great

    14 Apr 7:28am Reply
  • kozhwen


    20 Mar 12:59am Reply
  • kozhwen

    Сергей, не молчи, я прошу тебя.

    20 Mar 12:58am Reply
  • Vorfelder66

    piano concert no.3 gives me the creeps every time. mad horowitz...

    14 Mar 7:30am Reply
  • Unorthodox

    Too beautiful.

    22 Feb 5:39am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Too depressive.

    19 Jan 2:44pm Reply
  • whiterhapsody

    My favourite composer. Only after playing several of his compositions I've realised how much I enjoy doing my piano stuff and love music. Till this the whole thing was a struggle.

    5 Jan 9:36pm Reply
  • blanctorche


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  • UJLN


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  • industriaFAN

    Может изменить -off на -ov?

    22 Nov 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Manul_Manul

    заебись стелит так-то )

    28 Aug 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    V nah

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

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

    11 Jul 2014 Reply
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