and the Romantic Melody
was born in Semyonovo, Starorussky in 1873 and died in Beverly Hills,
California in 1943. He was a Russian composer, pianist and conductor.
enrolled in the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1882. His teachers
were Arensky (harmony), Taneyev (counterpoint) and Ziloti (piano).
He completed his first piano
concerto in 1891 and had his first opera, Aleko, staged in 1893.
important figure in Rakhmaninov’s life was Dr. Nikolay Dahl,
who helped Sergey regain the mental health that he needed to write
his second piano concerto (1900-1901).
music is full of inspirational melodic writing, often accompanied
with a sense of melancholy. His works are still immensely popular
with performers and audiences today.
could be both tough and generous, as demonstrated in his American
concert tour of 1942-1943. The composer was not healthy at this
point in his life, yet he persisted with the tour, giving proceeds
from his concerts to war relief.