Sergey Rachmaninoff
Moment Musical
in E Minor, Op. 16 No. 4

Fiery and highly virtuosic, this piece increases in intensity all the way up to the final, thunderous E minor chord.

ID: 1868
Key: E Minor
Year: 1896
Level: 8+
Period: Late Romantic
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Tempestuous Emotion

The fourth piece from the Six Moments Musicaux Op. 16 is a fiery and highly virtuosic manifestation of tempestuous emotion. The opening theme, set over a torrent of chromatic sextuplets in the left hand, is simple and fanfare-like, yet deeply felt, ending with a sequence of expressive sighing gestures. The middle of the piece features a quieter and more tender theme based on a descending scale in thirds, alternating with outbursts of material from the beginning of the piece. The return of the opening theme increases the tempo and continually displaces the left-hand figure into different registers, increasing both the sense of intensity as well as the technical demands placed on the pianist. The piece ends with the return of the sighs which concluded the first presentation of the theme, marked Prestissimo and to be played as loudly as possible, leading to a final, thunderous E minor chord.


The Six moments musicaux Op. 16 were composed between October and December 1896, at a time when Rachmaninoff was under financial pressure, which he in a letter considered “... on the one hand, quite beneficial” since it forced him to be productive. The set's name was likely inspired by Franz Schubert's Six moments musicaux Op. 94, and the pieces were well-received by critics.

Forum posts about this piece:

Is practice all it takes..? by lucasejp
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Tips for rachmaninoff Moment Musical No.4 by lucasejp
Just looking for some general practice tips + an estimation of how long it will take me (a past grade 8 ASBRS level player) to learn this pi...

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Member's recordings of piece:

VIDEO: Rachmaninoff Moment Musicaux op. 16 no. 4 and Chopin Etude op. 10 No. 5 by nitroglycerin
Hi there! I recorded two pieces that I played at Carl Filtsch International Competition - Festival for Pianists and Composers in Sibiu/Roman...

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Rachmaninov - Moment Musical op. 16 no 4 by leonald
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Moment Musical in E Minor, Op. 16 No. 4 by the composer Sergey Rachmaninoff who lived from 1873 to 1943.
The piece was published in 1896 and is included in Rachmaninoff's Moments Musicaux.