2, attributed to Paul de Schlözer.[192]. [26] Also that year, Rachmaninoff completed the one-movement Youth Symphony and the symphonic poem Prince Rostislav. The 2011 film Limitless features Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. Sergei Vasilyevich Rakhmaninov, IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej vɐˈsʲilʲjɪvʲɪt͡ɕ rɐxˈmanʲɪnəf]; 1 April [O.S. Widely spaced chronologically, the symphonies represent three distinct phases in his compositional development. Sergei Vasilyevich Rakhmaninov, IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej vɐˈsʲilʲjɪvʲɪt͡ɕ rɐxˈmanʲɪnəf]; 1 April [O.S. This talent was paired with a confidence in writing in both large- and small-scale forms. 16), the Variations on a Theme of Chopin (Op. Melanoma. Francesca da Rimini exists somewhat in the shadow[citation needed] of the opera of the same name by Riccardo Zandonai. [107] He was too afraid to travel alone following the death of Raoul Pugno of an unexpected heart attack in his hotel room which left the composer wary of a similar fate. Eugene Ormandy, in a conversation with Ed Cunningham, in Philadelphia. 16), his final completed composition for several months.[52]. The last work he wrote was the Symphonic Dances, completed in 1940. The above-mentioned occurrence of the Dies Irae in the Second Symphony (1907) is but a small example of this. 2 by Chopin, which contains a funeral march. In 1920, Rachmaninoff signed a contract with the Victor Talking Machine Company (later RCA Victor). [74][75][76] Rachmaninoff resumed work as a music teacher at St. Catherine's Women's College and the Elizabeth Institute. I briefly introduce the Dies Irae theme, then examine how Rachmaninoff uses it to unify his choral work. His near-Impressionist style perfectly matched the texts by symbolist poets. [51] This lasted until October 1896, when "a rather large sum of money" that was not his was stolen from Rachmaninoff during a train journey and he had to work to recoup the losses. Russian Orthodoxy. Despite little faith from Siloti and Conservatory director Vasily Safonov as he had just three weeks' preparation, Rachmaninoff received assistance from a recent graduate who was familiar with the tests, and passed each one with honours in July 1891. 21), and left compositions for a proposed return visit to London unfulfilled. On 26 March, the composer lost consciousness and he died two days later, four days before his seventieth birthday. The 2015 musical Preludes by Dave Malloy depicts Rachmaninoff's struggle with depression and writer's block. 1 and 3 and Symphony No. [144] The frail economic situation in the US affected the tour and the composer, who performed to few sold-out audiences and lost money in his investments and shares. [94] The tour saw the composer make 26 performances, 19 as pianist and 7 as conductor, which marked his first recitals without another performer in the program. [85], Increasingly unhappy with the political turmoil in Russia and in need of seclusion from his lively social life to be able to compose, Rachmaninoff with his family left Moscow for Dresden, Germany, in November 1906. Young (formerly principal scientist of the Wellcome Foundation) in a 1986 British Medical Journal article. 7), Caprice bohémien (Op. The piece was played as an accompaniment to a fantasy seduction scene between the main characters. Russian Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was born Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff on 1st April, 1873 in Veliki Novgorod and passed away on 28th Mar 1943 Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California aged 69. 4) were among the first published. [17] Zverev, a member of the exam committee, gave the composer his gold watch, thus ending years of estrangement. Regardless of where that point was or at which dynamic within that piece, the performer had to know how to approach it with absolute calculation and precision; otherwise, the whole construction of the piece could crumble and the piece could become disjointed. 1 in February 1892, followed by a performance of the first movement of his Piano Concerto No. It was to be his final concert in Europe. Its flexible rhythms, sweeping lyricism and stringent economy of thematic material were all features he kept and refined in subsequent works. Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов; Russian pronunciation: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej rɐxˈmanʲɪnəf]; 1 April [O.S. [152][153] The concert season left Rachmaninoff tired, despite calling it "rather successful", and spent the summer resting from minor surgery at Orchard's Point, an estate near Huntington, New York on Long Island. Melanoma. His playing was marked by precision, rhythmic drive, notable use of staccato and the ability to maintain clarity when playing works with complex textures. There is no historical or photographic evidence for any of these conditions, and it is possible that he just happened to have large hands. Other choral works include a choral symphony, The Bells; the cantata Spring; the Three Russian Songs; and an early Concerto for Choir (a cappella). [8], It is unclear on which of the two family estates Rachmaninoff was born; either Oneg, near Veliky Novgorod, or Semyonovo, near Staraya Russa. Rachmaninoff dedicated his piano composition "Spring Waters" from 12 Romances, Op. By 1930, his desire to compose had returned and sought a new location to write new pieces. During a vacation in Finland that summer, Rachmaninoff learned of Taneyev’s death, a loss which affected him greatly. The Miserly Knight adheres to Pushkin's "little tragedy". Name: Sergei Rachmaninoff ( Sergey Rakhmaninov ) Date of birth: 1 APR 1873 Age: 69 years Date of death: March 28, 1943. 4 (Op. [82] In February 1906, after conducting 50 performances in the first season and 39 in the second, Rachmaninoff handed in his resignation. This ability came from an exceptional independence of fingers and hands. By 1942, his failing health led to his relocation to Beverly Hills, California. [124] He also received assistance from friends and admirers; pianist Ignaz Friedman gave them $2,000. [20] After two years of tuition, the fifteen year old Rachmaninoff was awarded a Rubinstein scholarship,[21] and graduated from the lower division of the Conservatory to become a pupil of Siloti in advanced piano, Sergei Taneyev in counterpoint, and Anton Arensky in free composition. What are the references for this? "Music for the Pianola and the Aeriol Piano", The Aeolian Company, New York, July 1901. 31), but it was banned from performance as it did not follow the format of a typical liturgical church service. 1, depression, and conducting debut, 1894–1900, Recovery, emergence, and conducting, 1900–1906, Move to Dresden and first US tour, 1906–1917, Leaving Russia, immigration to the US, and concert pianist, 1917–1925, Touring, final compositions, and Villa Senar, 1926–1942, Illness, move to California, and death, 1942–43, Speculations about Marfan syndrome and acromegaly, "Sergei Rachmaninoff" was the spelling he used while living in the United States from 1918 until his death. Ethnicity. [135], Demanding tour schedules caused Rachmaninoff's composition output to slow significantly; between his arrival to the US in 1918 and his death, he completed just six compositions barring some revisions to previous works and piano transcriptions for his concert repertoire. He completed three one-act operas: Aleko (1892), The Miserly Knight (1903), and Francesca da Rimini (1904). 29), and the Symphonic Dances (Op. [159], Shortly after a performance at the Hollywood Bowl in July 1942, Rachmaninoff was suffering from lumbago and fatigue. Nationality. [101] In 1912, Rachmaninoff left the IRMS when he learned that a musician in an administrative post was dismissed for being Jewish. He earned a mixed reputation during his time at the post, enforcing strict discipline and demanding high standards of performance. The three symphonies: No. [146] In 1938, Rachmaninoff performed his Second Piano Concerto at a charity jubilee concert in London for Henry Wood, founder of the Royal Albert Hall, London, Promenade concert series and an admirer of Rachmaninoff's who wanted the composer to be the show's only soloist. With his main source of income coming from piano and conducting performances, demanding tour schedules led to a reduction in his time for composition. Its brutal gestures and uncompromising power of expression were unprecedented in Russian music at the time. [163] His last appearances as a concerto soloist—Beethoven's First Piano Concerto and his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini—were on February 11 and 12 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Hans Lange,[164] and his last recital, given on February 17 at the Alumni Memorial Gymnasium/Auditorium[165] at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee, included the Piano Sonata No. [23] Rachmaninoff then found his first romance in Vera, the youngest daughter of the neighbouring Skalon family, but her mother objected and forbade Rachmaninoff to write to her, leaving him to correspond with her older sister Natalia. These gifts included exceptional height and extremely large hands with a gigantic finger stretch (he could play a 13th with either hand)[citation needed]. Sergei Rachmaninoff was born on April 1, 1873 and died on March 28, 1943. [71] Upon their return, they settled in Moscow, where they had two daughters, Irina Sergeievna Rachmaninova (1903–1969) and Tatiana Sergeievna Rachmaninova (1907–1961). Russian, Moldavian. 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Not only did he mostly overcome his disability, but his management of it fueled his composing. A son named Vasily was nicknamed "Rachmanin", meaning "lazy" in Old Russian. Nor did he express any of the clinical effects of a Marfan-related syndrome, such as Beal's syndrome (congenital contractural arachnodactyly), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, homocystinuria, Stickler syndrome, or Sphrintzen-Goldberg syndrome. [72] To circumvent the church's opposition, the couple used their military background and organised a small ceremony in a chapel in a Moscow suburb army barracks with Siloti and the cellist Anatoliy Brandukov as best men. They arrived in Stockholm, Sweden, on 24 December. Rachmaninoff fell into a depression that lasted for three years, during which he had writer's block and composed almost nothing. This thesis investigates Sergei Rachmaninoff’s use of a musical theme, the Dies Irae chant, in his choral symphony Kolokola. [122] On 1 November 1918, the family boarded the SS Bergensfjord in Oslo, Norway, bound for New York City, arriving eleven days later. [35] The composer had previously earned 15 rubles a month in giving piano lessons. Siloti would give him a long and demanding piece to learn, such as Brahms' Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel. As his records demonstrate, he possessed a tremendous ability to make a musical line sing, no matter how long the notes or how complex the supporting texture, with most of his interpretations taking on a narrative quality. [33] Rachmaninoff believed it was "sure to fail", but the production was so successful the theatre agreed to produce it starring singer Feodor Chaliapin who would become a lifelong friend. [54] The deficiencies of the performance, conducted by Alexander Glazunov, were not commented on by other critics,[47] but according to a memoir from Alexander Ossovsky, a close friend of Rachmaninoff,[55][56] Glazunov made poor use of rehearsal time, and the concert's program itself, which contained two other premières, was also a factor. According to the Ampico publicity department, he initially disbelieved that a roll of punched paper could provide an accurate record, so he was invited to listen to a proof copy of his first recording. Rachmaninoff’s symptoms were first noticed by his family and friends after the death of his idol, Tchaikovsky, in 1894. [144] In May 1934, Rachmaninoff underwent a minor operation and completed Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini during his stay at Senar. There is no indication that his immediate family had similar hand spans, ruling out familial arachnodactyly. [64] In an attempt to revive his desire to compose, his aunt arranged for the writer Leo Tolstoy, whom Rachmaninoff greatly admired, to have the composer visit his home and receive words of encouragement. The. Rachmaninoff's performance is far more taut and concentrated than Grainger's. 39 (1917), giving Respighi the inspirations behind the compositions.[142]. His zodiac sign is Aries. Personal Information. 3 in 1936. [79] Influenced by Richard Wagner, he pioneered the modern arrangement of the orchestra players in the pit and the modern custom of standing while conducting. Sergei Rachmaninoff is composed of 32 names. [206] All of these recordings were reissued by RCA Victor in a 10-CD set "Sergei Rachmaninoff The Complete Recordings" (RCA Victor Gold Seal 09026-61265-2). [131][132] Early 1921 saw Rachmaninoff apply for documentation to visit Russia, the only time he would do so after leaving the country, but progress ceased following his decision to undergo surgery for pain in his right temple. [195], Rachmaninoff also possessed an uncanny memory—one that would help put him in good stead when he had to learn the standard piano repertoire as a 45-year-old exile. [133], In October 1932, Rachmaninoff began a demanding concert season that consisted of 50 performances. [173] The nature of their relationship bordered on romantic, but was primarily intellectual and emotional. He was unable to perform for a while after slipping on the floor at the villa and injuring himself. 12), The Isle of the Dead (Op. [141] Horowitz remained a champion of Rachmaninoff's solo works and his Piano Concerto No. [169] In his will, Rachmaninoff wished to be buried at Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow, the same as Scriabin, Taneyev, and Chekhov, but his American citizenship could not see the request through. You can examine and separate out names. "[196], Regardless of the music, Rachmaninoff always planned his performances carefully. [191], As part of his daily warm-up exercises, Rachmaninoff would play the technically difficult Étude in A-flat, Op. You can make contact with their imaginations, knowing something of their problems and their ideals. [168] His funeral took place at the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church on Micheltorena Street in Silver Lake. Rachmaninoff often featured the piano in his compositions, and he explored the expressive possibilities of the instrument through his own skills as a pianist. [5] His father, Vasily Arkadyevich Rachmaninoff (1841–1916), was an army officer and amateur pianist who married Lyubov Petrovna Butakova (1853–1929), the daughter of a wealthy army general who gave her five estates as part of her dowry. Born into a musical family, Rachmaninoff took up the piano at the age of four. He also worked with each soloist on their part, even accompanying them on the piano. Cause of Death. [148][149] Rachmaninoff would support Russia's war effort against Nazi Germany throughout the course of World War II, donating receipts from many of his concerts that season in benefit of the Red Army. 1, the Piano Concerto No. After spending two weeks writing the All-Night Vigil, he passed the score to Sergei Taneyev for proofreading and correcting errors in its polyphony, but it was returned unaltered. His 1940 recording of his transcription of the song "Daisies" captures this quality extremely well. Religion. [15] In 1883, Ornatskaya arranged for Rachmaninoff, now 10, to study music at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. 38 songs, combined with a more abrasive use of chromatic harmony and a new rhythmic incisiveness. Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff[a] (English: /rɑːxˈmɑːnəˌnɔːf, -ˌnɒf, rɑːk-/ rahkh-MAH-nə-nawf, -⁠nof, rahk-;[3] Russian: Серге́й Васи́льевич Рахма́нинов[b], tr. [62] By the end of February 1899, Rachmaninoff attempted composition and completed two short piano pieces, Morceau de Fantaisie and Fughetta in F major. His first appearance was at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts for a recital on 4 November 1909. 2 in early 1908, which earned him his second Glinka Award and 1,000 roubles. [112] By year's end he had finished his 14 Romances (Op. Melanoma is associated with acromegaly and may have been a final clue to Rachmaninov's diagnosis. His aunt then suggested professional help, having received successful treatment from a family friend, physician and amateur musician Nikolai Dahl, to which Rachmaninoff agreed without resistance. Rachmaninoff possessed extremely large hands, with which he could easily maneuver through the most complex chordal configurations. Rachmaninoff, still in recovery from a case of the Spanish flu, included his own arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in the program. Rachmaninoff shows the filigree as essential to the work's structure, not simply decorative.[199]. 3 at the Philadelphia Academy of Music. Nevertheless, some of his most beautiful (nostalgic and melancholy) melodies occur in the Third Symphony, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and Symphonic Dances. His funeral was held at the Holy Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Los Angeles. He used them most perceptibly in his Vespers, but many of his melodies found their origins in these chants. [83] He then took his family on an extended tour around Italy with the hope of completing new works, but illness struck his wife and daughter, and they returned to Ivanovka. From those barely moving fingers came an unforced, bronzelike sonority and an accuracy bordering on infallibility. [30] His request to take his final theory and composition exams a year early was also granted, for which he wrote Aleko, a one-act opera based on the narrative poem The Gypsies by Alexander Pushkin, in seventeen days. 45). [151], In December 1939, Rachmaninoff began an extensive recording period which lasted until February 1942 and included his Piano Concerto Nos. However, the Russian Orthodox church and Satina's parents opposed their announcement, thwarting their plans for marriage. "Rachmaninoff" redirects here. 42). Piano Concerto No. [122] In the following year, after the death of the husband of his daughter Tatiana, he founded TAIR, a Paris publishing company named after his daughters and specialising in works by himself and other Russian composers. Rachmaninoff recorded on a Lauter concert grand piano, one of the few the company made. [145] While visiting Senar in 1937, Rachmaninoff began talks with choreographer Michel Fokine about staging a ballet based on Paganini that was to feature his Rhapsody; it premiered in London in 1939 with the composer's daughters in attendance. That is the most important thing for me in my interpretations, color. So you make music live. "Catalogue of Music for the Pianola and Pianola-Piano", The Orchestrelle Company, London, June 1910, and many successive catalogues. Among the pieces composed were Six Choruses (Op. 44 (1935–36). [67] Between January and April 1900, Rachmaninoff underwent hypnotherapy and psychotherapy sessions with Dahl on a daily basis, specifically structured to improve his sleep patterns, mood, and appetite and reignite his desire to compose. 45), and an arrangement of the C-sharp minor Prelude, as well as a Russian Rhapsody, and he arranged his First Symphony (below) for piano four hands. Rachmaninoff applied these qualities in music by Chopin, including the B-flat minor Piano Sonata. [158][148] Later in 1942, Rachmaninoff invited Igor Stravinsky to dinner, the two sharing their worries of a war-torn Russia and their children in France. Along with his musical gifts, Rachmaninoff possessed physical gifts that may have placed him in good stead as a pianist. Sergey Rachmaninoff, in full Sergey Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff, Rachmaninoff also spelled Rakhmaninov, or Rachmaninov, (born March 20 [April 1, New Style], 1873, Oneg, near Semyonovo, Russia—died March 28, 1943, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.), composer who was the last great figure of the tradition of Russian Romanticism and a leading piano virtuoso of his time. [156] After completing his final studio recording sessions during this time in February,[157] a move to Long Island fell through after the composer and his wife expressed a greater interest in California, and initially settled in a leased home on Tower Road in Beverly Hills in May. The Bells, Sergei Rachmaninoff By Robert McColley, Fanfare Written for the concert Tales of Edgar Allen Poe, performed on Oct 15, 1999 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Male. Very characteristic of his writing is chromatic counterpoint. While his interpretations were mosaics of tiny details, when those mosaics came together in performance, they might, according to the tempo of the piece being played, fly past at great speed, giving the impression of instant thought. "[178] He was also fond of Russian Orthodox chants. But marry they did and in May 1903 their daughter Irina - pictured - was born. [168] A message from several Moscow composers with greetings had arrived too late for Rachmaninoff to read it. Rachmaninoff biographer Barrie Martyn points out similarities between written accounts of Rubinstein's interpretation and Rachmaninoff's audio recording of the work. He is most remembered for The Sleeping Beauty. Two days later Rachmaninoff would play it "with complete artistic finish." 1 on 28 March 1897 in one of a long-running series of Russian Symphony Concerts devoted to Russian music. Sergei's cause of death was melanoma. If you see something that doesn't look right on this page, please do inform us using the form below: © 2017 Dead or Kicking / All Rights Reserved. Place of birth: village semënovo, Novgorod province Height: 198 Activities: composer, pianist, conductor Marital status: married . 37), after he attended a performance of the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and felt disappointed with it. "[198] Nevertheless, Rachmaninoff also possessed a far better sense of structure than many of his contemporaries, such as Hofmann, or the majority of pianists from the previous generation, judging from their respective recordings. 13), a work conceived in January and based on chants he had heard in Russian Orthodox church services. The 1954 edition of the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians notoriously dismissed Rachmaninoff's music as "monotonous in texture ... consist[ing] mainly of artificial and gushing tunes" and predicted that his popular success was "not likely to last". [108] In 1915, Rachmaninoff completed his second major choral work, All-Night Vigil (Op. Skater Nation Discipline Program Choreo. 39 Études-Tableaux (the composer had broken a string on the piano at one performance) and the Variations on a Theme of Corelli (Op. That summer, Rachmaninoff felt that "new musical ideas began to stir" and successfully resumed composition. 5 2 in E minor, Op. For a while he rented a railway carriage that was fitted with a piano and belongings to save time packing and unpacking suitcases. He recovered enough to perform at the Lucerne International Music Festival on 11 August 1939. [5][6][7], Rachmaninoff's family had strong musical and military leanings. In the summer of 1939, Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) left England for America to avoid the omnipresent threat of war. The operation failed to relieve his symptoms; he only found relief after having dental work later in the decade. [36] He spent the summer of 1892 on the estate of Ivan Konavalov, a rich landowner in the Kostroma Oblast, and moved back with the Satins in the Arbat District. He wrote two piano sonatas, both of which are large scale and virtuosic in their technical demands. [161][162] Later that month he complained of persistent cough and back pain; a doctor diagnosed him with pleurisy and advised that a warmer climate would aid in his recovery. He passed away on March 28, 1943. [73] They received the smaller of two houses at the Ivanovka estate as a present and went on a three-month honeymoon across Europe. Jonyungk 03:52, 12 April 2008 (UTC) Cause of death was rapidly progressing melanoma. His playing was marked by definition—where other pianists' playing became blurry-sounding from overuse of the pedal or deficiencies in finger technique, Rachmaninoff's textures were always crystal clear. About. His chamber music includes two piano trios, both of which are named Trio Elégiaque (the second of which is a memorial tribute to Tchaikovsky), and a Cello Sonata. B. Rachmaninov did not display any signs of digital clubbing or any obvious hypertrophic skin changes associated with pachydermoperiostitis. [124] He declined them all, worried about such a commitment in a country he hardly knew and had few fond memories of from his debut tour in 1909. Radio station KUSC, of the USA's National Public Radio (NPR), broadcast excerpts of this conversation in 1979. Includes. [122] His piano repertoire was small, which prompted the start of regular practise of his technique and learning new pieces to play. Your contribution is much appreciated! Today Sergei Rachmaninoff … Ethnicity. [121] In debt and in need of money, the 44-year-old Rachmaninoff chose performing as his main source of income, as a career solely in composition was too restrictive. The Joy of Rachmaninoff (2016) is a documentary about Rachmaninoff's life.[214]. Sergei Rachmaninoff was born on April 1, 1873 and died on March 28, 1943. 2, which recur throughout the film, played by pianist Eileen Joyce. It was then that Rachmaninoff was diagnosed with an aggressive form of melanoma. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. Rachmaninoff wrote two major a cappella choral works—the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the All-Night Vigil (also known as the Vespers). 22). [143] In the comfort of his own villa, Rachmaninoff completed his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in 1934 and Symphony No. [128], In 1920, Rachmaninoff signed a recording contract with the Victor Talking Machine Company which earned him some much needed income and began his longtime association with RCA. You can give their works color. He dealt with depression his whole life, but his is a success story. [134] In 1924, Rachmaninoff declined an invitation to become conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 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