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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesTheater & Acting · 1 decade ago

Does anyone know who Sergei Rachmaninoff is?

I have to write a two page report on him...does anyone wanna do it for me?? lol

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Sergei Rachmaninoff

    He was one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, the last great representative of Russian late Romanticism in classical music. Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and other Russian composers gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom which included a pronounced lyricism, expressive breadth, structural ingenuity and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors

    Rachmaninoff, in his later years, toured the United States extensively, and remained there from 1918 until his death.Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff[a] (Russian: Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов, Sergej Vasil’evič Rakhmaninov, 1 April 1873 [O.S. 20 March]–28 March 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. He was one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, the last great representative of Russian late Romanticism in classical music. Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and other Russian composers gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom which included a pronounced lyricism, expressive breadth, structural ingenuity and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors.[1]

    Understandably, the piano figures prominently in Rachmaninoff's compositional output, either as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble. He made it a point, however, to use his own skills as a performer to explore fully the expressive possibilities of the instrument. Even in his earliest works, he revealed a sure grasp of idiomatic piano writing and a striking gift for melody. In some of his early orchestral pieces, he showed the first signs of a talent for tone painting which he would perfect in The Isle of the Dead,[2] and he began to show a similar penchant for vocal writing in two early sets of songs, Opp. 4 and 8.[3] Rachmaninoff's masterpiece, however, is his choral symphony The Bells, in which all of his talents are fused and unified.[4]

    Rachmaninoff was not a prolific composer, especially after 1917. His challenge in this department was that his musical gifts were extensive. Besides being a fine composer and one of the greatest pianists in the history of an instrument that has never lacked for outstanding players, he was also a fine conductor. The impossibility of succeeding in three directions at once was not due to any weakness on his own part. On the contrary, it was the depth and scope of his individual talents which caused the dilemma, arising from the amount of time needed to devote to each area. Ironically, had Rachmaninoff been less gifted, he might have been more able to run in all directions at once.[5]

    Rachmaninoff sometimes felt threatened by the success of modernists such as Scriabin and Prokofiev and wondered whether to cease composing even before he left Russia.[6] His musical philosophy was rooted in the Russian spiritual tradition, where the role of the artist was to create beauty and to speak the truth from the depths of his heart.[7] In his last major interview, in 1941, he admitted his music, like Russian music, was a product of his temperament.[8] He said, on another occasion, "The new kind of music seems to create not from the heart but from the head. Its composers think rather than feel. They have not the capacity to make their works exalt—they meditate, protest, analyze, reason, calculate and brood, but they do not exalt."[

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  • 5 years ago

    For Mother Russia

  • 1 decade ago

    just google his name - he was a Russian classical composer - wrote great music... :)

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