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Someone, sitting in a cave, punctures holes in a bone drained of marrow, raises it mouthwards, and blows - into a flute. Breath becomes sound, and time, through that sound, is given a shape. Being sound and shaped time, music begins. Paul Griffiths

Rachmaninov, Romance (for string quartet)

February 10th, 2008

Sergei Rachmaninov

Romance. Andante espressivo
(from String Quartet No. 1, unfinished)
, ca. 1889-1890

Sergei RachmaninovSergei Rachmaninov was the last of the Russian romantic composers in an extraordinary tradition that largely ended with the revolution of 1917. His musical life comprised three simultaneous and eminently successful careers: concert pianist, conductor and composer. Rachmaninov’s historical legacy lies in his compositions of which his most famous include his second and third piano concertos, his second symphony and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. His extraordinary gift for lyrical melody resulted in making several themes from these works immensely popular, familiar to us whether or not we recognize their origins. Two smaller works enjoyed the same phenomenon: the piano Prelude in c-sharp minor and the exquisite Vocalise that has been transcribed for nearly every imaginable ensemble including a moody rendition with a superimposed thunderstorm soundtrack. « more »


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