Course DescriptionWhether it’s his famous piano concertos, his demanding Études-tableaux, or the ubiquitous Prelude in C-sharp Minor, the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff remains a staple of concerts and piano competitions today. Born in Russia in 1873, Rachmaninoff can be seen as probably one of the most important pianist-composers since Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt. Although most of his music was written during the 20th century, his compositional style was firmly within the world of 19th-century Romanticism. Known for his beautiful melodies that would sometimes show up in Hollywood films, Rachmaninoff was in many ways the final expression of a Russian tradition that was especially influenced by his idol Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. In this course, we study the piano pieces, songs, and symphonic works of Rachmaninoff, as well as his wide-ranging recorded legacy as pianist and conductor.
Mary Ann Wilson