Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini 18th Variation
  • Classical music composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff visit my webpage - www.joolsscott.co.uk The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Russian Рапсодия на тему Паганини, Rapsodiya na temu Paganini) in A minor, opus 43, is a concertante work (20 to 25 minutes in length), written by Sergei Rachmaninoff. It is written for solo piano and symphony orchestra, closely resembling a piano concerto. The work was written at Villa Senar, according to the score, from July 3 to August 18, 1934. Rachmaninoff himself, a noted interpreter of his own works, played the solo piano part at the piece's premiere at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland on November 7, 1934 with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski. You can download my most recent 10 track piano album for $4 at payloadz.com The piece is a set of 24 variations on the twenty-fourth and last of Niccolò Paganini's Caprices for solo violin, which has inspired works by several composers. The slow eighteenth variation is by far the most well-known, and it is often included on classical music compilations without the rest of the work. It is based on an inversion of the melody of Paganini's theme. In other words, the A minor Paganini theme is played "upside down" in D flat major. Rachmaninoff himself recognized the appeal of this variation, saying "This one, is for my agent." This variation has been featured in several movies, including 1953 The Story of Three Loves 1954 Rhapsody 1980 Somewhere in Time 1991 Dead Again 1995 Sabrina 1998 Ronin In collaboration with ...

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