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Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G-sharp Minor

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Sergey Rachmaninoff - 13 Preludes :
Prelude, Op. 32 No. 12
Prelude Op. 32 No. 12  in G-sharp Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music
Key: G-sharp Minor Year: -
Level: 8+ Period: Late Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (883 kB)

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xx Rate my recording? Rachmaninoff prelude G#m
June 18, 2011, 07:18:54 PM by noambenhamou

I have no strong musical education although playing the piano is what I love most in life.
This video of me is not a function of narcissism. I have recorded myself in the past but I felt some of the professionally made videos of pianists made it seem much better psychologically. I'm talking about presentation.

Here is what I was thinking. I really like this guy who plays Rach. I think he has great technique and I like his interpretation.
But the presentation sucks. From the sound quality, to the camera placement, lack of transition effects with the camera, and the way he wears that hooddie. I own a fairly decent software company and I know from our sales department, that one cannot overlook the art of presentation.

So again, the test here is to see if this guy, Cambry, which is obviously and clearly a better pianist than me would "seem" better than me if I had a more decent presentation.

So, with 2 cheap video cameras, a set of two neumann microphones which are pretty good, and me dressed up decently so I don't look like a hobo! Smiley Then I spent 4 hours messing/learning around with windows movie maker (which was a lot of fun) to get a decent effect. Not professional but a hint of it:

Here it is:

xx Rachmaninov's Prelude G sharp minor opus 32 no 12
June 12, 2011, 09:57:59 PM by tommyo

I have just starting learning this and I was just wanting to know if anybody has any advice on it.


xx Rachmaninoff Prelude Op 32 No 12
June 12, 2011, 11:02:33 AM by bellywelly

This recording is made in my room on an upright yamaha. Not recorded profressionally or anything, and has background noise etc etc.

I'm going to perform this peice in less than two weeks for my music class, then again for a mini-concert run by my ex-piano teacher. i dont want to make a fool of myself, so any comments on my playing would be appreciated! both good and bad comments are welcome! (i want more bad comments to be honest, so i can try and improve the piece.)

it's my first time posting up a recording of me playing, so please bare with me~<3

 Smiley Smiley Smiley

xx Rachmaninov, prelude op 32 n 12
June 03, 2011, 09:17:24 PM by costicina

Another Rachmaninov’s piece I tried to learn…

I realize that RH is too  loud compared with the LH melody line, and that I did a mess in the most demanding sections  (playing in public, or just recording  myself is an ordeal for me; coping with nerves is still a big problem...) 

As a self-taught re-starter, any advice, suggestion, criticism will be such a help!!!
Thank you a lot in advance

xx Rachmaninoff Prelude in G Sharp Minor Op.32 No.12
May 10, 2010, 03:47:07 AM by kentodragon

So im learning this piece right now and I just thought I could get some tips from people who have performed it. Any advice would be appreciated  Grin

xx Rachmaninoff, op. 32 no. 12
April 05, 2010, 01:59:33 PM by rallestar

Hey guys,

An old piece that I took up again recently - it's not exactly perfectly polished yet, but I'm pretty satisfied with it; I'm no concert pianist. Any comments, positive or negative, is much appreciated.

At the loudest points, the mic's a bit scratchy, but otherwise, the sound quality isn't too bad.

xx Rachmaninoff Prelude in G# minor
October 02, 2009, 03:19:33 PM by zheer

I recorded this some time ago, I hope this is slightly improved since then, thanks for listening.

xx Re: Graduate Recital
April 14, 2009, 03:14:39 AM by cherub_rocker1979

Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G-sharp Minor

xx Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32/12 (03.16.09)
March 16, 2009, 04:41:55 PM by cherub_rocker1979

Recorded: 3/16/09

xx Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G sharp minor, Op. 32 No. 12
September 03, 2008, 08:46:52 PM by cherub_rocker1979

Here's the Rach Prelude in G sharp minor.

xx Preparation for rach's 32 12 prelude
June 03, 2008, 12:02:26 PM by hansscherff

I've tackled a few of the easier rach pieces now, however i seem to have a few holes to play the 32 - 12 prelude properly. I particularly like this prelude because of its mood. Since i dont have a teacher i was wondering if you guys have some preparatory advice to tackle this prelude. Some pieces that are slightly easier and might just help me to get the rach piece down properly. Preferrably a piece with a similar mood offcourse, but that might be too much to ask Wink

thanks in advance,


xx Rachmaninoff - Prelude Op 32 No. 12
May 17, 2008, 08:31:41 PM by welltemperedpianist

I performed this for a student recital recently. Constructive comments are welcome! Smiley

The recording quality isn't very good though.

xx Recordings with my brand new SAMSON C01U Mic (Rach, Chop, Beet)
April 21, 2008, 04:17:11 PM by hummel

I've just recorded Rachmaninoff - Prelude in G Sharp Minor with my new mic on the recently tuned piano at my parents'. In addition, I recorded some snipplets of Appassionata and Chopin Ballad #4 and so I am curious about whether you think that I've improved my playing since my concert I gave in Spring 2007 (see http://www.youtube.com/user/hummelalkan).

(Please forgive me the occasional mistakes and the background noise)

Thank you and all the best,

xx chopin etude in F major op.10 no.8 and new recording of rach prelude Op.32 no.12
November 09, 2007, 04:34:47 AM by amelialw

I just recorded this.


feel free to comment!


xx Rach Prelude op. 32,12, Duel with Amelialw and The_Duck
November 01, 2007, 11:59:39 PM by pianowolfi

Okay I decided to post, though Amelialw wants to have one more week. I just can't wait.
Deadline today. I need to get this done, sorry Amelia Tongue

I played this on a Schimmel grand and recorded with minidisc. As soon as my companions appear we can add a poll. Smiley

xx Rachmaninoff g# minor prelude
August 12, 2007, 02:49:09 PM by mattgreenecomposer

Here's the infamous g#minor prelude.  Gotta love it! Click on the link.


xx Rachamninoff prelude
July 21, 2007, 09:01:10 PM by steinwayargentina

Hi this is Rachmaninoff prelude in G# minor Live recording taken from a Recital I gave in 2005. Just want to get any feedback.


Pablo Rocchietti

xx Rachmaninoff Prelude Op. 32, No. 12 in G-sharp minor
June 27, 2006, 06:48:54 AM by jlh

Seems that Rachmaninoff preludes are pretty popular now...  Wink

Here's my contribution to the Rachmaninoff Prelude rage.  Hope you like!

Edit:  I have included another of my recordings of this Prelude.  The first one is from my 2005 senior recital, and the second one is from the undergraduate honor recital 2 years earlier in 2003.  Which do you like better?  What did I do best in each recording? What could be better in each?  Did the piece improve in your perception over this 2 year span?

I personally have already answered these questions for myself, but I would really like to hear what you all think as well.



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