Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43 (Rachmaninoff, Sergei)

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General Information

Work Title Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Alternative Title Рапсодия на тему Паганини (Rapsodiya na temu Paganini)
Composer Rachmaninoff, Sergei
Opus/Catalogue Number Op.43
Key A minor
Movements/Sections Introduction & 24 variations
Introduction. Allegro vivace — Variation I (Precedente)
Tema. L'istesso tempo
Variation II. L'istesso tempo
Variation III. L'istesso tempo
Variation IV. Più vivo
Variation V. Tempo precedente
Variation VI. L'istesso tempo
Variation VII. Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Variation VIII. Tempo I
Variation IX. L'istesso tempo
Variation X. L'istesso tempo
Variation XI. Moderato
Variation XII. Tempo di minuetto
Variation XIII. Allegro
Variation XIV. L'istesso tempo
Variation XV. Più vivo scherzando
Variation XVI. Allegretto
Variation XVII. Allegretto
Variation XVIII. Andante cantabile
Variation XIX. A tempo vivace
Variation XX. Un poco più vivo
Variation XXI. Un poco più vivo
Variation XXII. Un poco più vivo (Alla breve)
Variation XXIII. L'istesso tempo
Variation XXIV. A tempo un poco meno mosso
Year/Date of Composition 1934
First Performance 1934-11-07
Baltimore: Lyric Opera House
Sergei Rachmaninoff, piano; Philadelphia Orchestra; Leopold Stokowski, conductor
First Publication 1934 - New York: Charles Foley, 119 pages
Average Duration 23 minutes
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Piano solo with Orchestra
Piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets (in B), 2 bassoons
4 horns (F), 2 trumpets (C), 3 Trombones, Tuba
timpani, triangle, snare drum, cymbals, bass drum, glockenspiel
harp, string orchestra
External Links Wikipedia article
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - scores at Sheet Music Plus


Misc. Comments

Version History

  • Composed for piano and orchestra, 1934
  • Also arranged for 2 pianos by Rachmaninoff, 1934

Copyright Status

  • While PD in Canada, this work is copyright in the US until 1 January 2030.

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