25/05/2018: “Prelude In C Sharp Minor” by Rachmaninoff


I’m not particularly well versed in classical composers. But every now and then I hear a piece that is more striking, and remember it.

The “Prelude In C Sharp Minor” is part of Morceaux de fantaisie, written in 1892, which has 5 parts.

The song is very sombre, almost grim, with a distinctive introduction, building up to a more frantic pitch, before reducing in intensity towards the end.

There are excellent orchestral rendetions of the piece, but in my opinion it is more effective as a slow piano piece, as it was originally written and performed by Rachmaninoff himself, at only 19!


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