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Extract from Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2, Adagio Sostenuto, Philip Ellis conductor, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Solo: Lucy Parham piano. Rachmaninov – Elegie. By Sergei Rachmaninoff, Mischa Maisky, Sergio Tiempo. • 13 songs. Play on Spotify. 1. Morceaux de Fantasie, Op.3 – adapted by. Sergei Rachmaninoff. LIKE 3 . 41 scores found for “Elegie es Op.3 No.1” Sergei Rachmaninoff: 5 Pieces For Piano: Op. 3 (VAAP Edition).

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Better known for his explosive preludes rather than contemplative elegies, Sergei Rachmaninoff was a philosopher of music.

Music, according to Hegel, is in the center of the Romantic Arts, along with painting and poetry. Rachmaninoff and his Steinway [1] transform the indifference of space surrounding the audience, creating a closed-in, self-contained world, in which the mind is invited to explore and reflect. Elegie does not win the listener with a catchy tune; rather, it captivates the heart with a combination of waterfall and airiness, which is masterfully translated into music by the virtuoso technique of the pianist and his genius as racjmaninoff composer.

In the Elegiethe sensuousness of the melody is captivating and liberating at the same time. Being a multifaceted pianist with an astute emotionality and grandiose technique, Rachmaninoff is capable of capturing more than an emotion or passion in the music; he seems to share a part of a human experience.


Characteristic of Rachmaninoff, the piece modifies our dlegie, often changing the keys and rhythmical patterns. The Elegie does not allow for easy framing: According to Rachmaninoff, our emotions are in a constant movement. Not accidentally, the Elegiewith its almost sublime sadness throughout, ends on a forte in a major key.

The sensuousness of the artist, however, never slips into a trivial, trite mode. The passion, the experience, about which we are being told in the Elegieis elevated, flegie sublime in its nature.

The left hand melody does not overshadow the right hand; it echoes and supports it. The tapestry of the music is never broken, and yet, one is breathless waiting the melody to unfold.

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Russian vast steppes with mighty rivers, a brutal winter and a long-awaited spring, perhaps, would be e,egie interpretation of the work. A human struggle with violent emotions and a winning optimism could be another. By presenting an idea in a physical sound form, music encourages mental participation by the audience.

It is important to note the laconism of emotion in the Elegie. Rschmaninoff melancholy thus stands as a self-contained, complex emotion, capable of producing an array of images. Dripping with profound sensuality, the sound of Elegie in E Flat Minor is nevertheless devoid of kitschy dramatization and baroque-like [2] embellishment.


Music, as the Elegie shows, is a creation of mind as much as it is a creation of heart.

Although music in general and Elegie in particular can be likened to a waterfall, rain, storm or another natural occurrence, it cannot be denied a feeling, an emotion, a narrative, an experience, which are, in essence, a creation of the mind, composed in 4: Unless we are prompted with an rachmaninoft such as, for example during an opera or theatrical performancewe are free to associate the melody with our own life experiences, which presupposes active work of the mind.

Thus, not accidentally, music is believed to alleviate pain from a loss of something cherished or to aid in creating an appropriate mood for meditation or reflection.

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Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich. Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics. Usually, the instrument traveled with him across the ocean and was tuned by the same specialist. My point here is the simplicity versus embellishment.