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Rachmaninoff: Mélodie Op. 3 No. 3 in E Major

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Sergey Rachmaninoff - Morceaux de Fantaisie :
Mélodie, Op. 3 No. 3
Mélodie Op. 3 No. 3  in E Major by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music
Key: E Major Year: 1892
Level: 8 Period: Late Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (1015 kB)

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xx Rachmaninoff, "Melodie", Op. 3, No. 3 (1940 revision)
April 21, 2011, 09:41:17 PM by rachfan

Here I turn to music of Sergei Rachmaninoff.  The piece I play is the familiar “Melodie” from the Morceaux de Fantaisies, Op. 3, No. 3.  But this is not the commonly heard original composition created in 1892 when Rachmaninoff was only 19; instead I play the lesser known revision from 1940 when the composer was 67.  So why after 48 years would Rachmaninoff rewrite what had been a much beloved piece?  Some thoughts: 1) Perhaps he wanted to bring a more seasoned perspective to this ultra-romantic music; 2) maybe Rachmaninoff wanted to better fulfill the piece’s potential by giving it a more lush, robust sound; or 3) whereas Rachmaninoff was still giving recitals late in life (he died in 1943), maybe he wanted a more opulent piece for use as an encore.  Probably we’ll never know the reason, but hopefully you’ll enjoy listening to this later version, which for some might be a first hearing of “new music”.  
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