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Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C-sharp Minor

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Sergey Rachmaninoff - Morceaux de Fantaisie :
Prelude, Op. 3 No. 2
Prelude Op. 3 No. 2  in C-sharp Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music
Key: C-sharp Minor Year: 1892
Level: 8 Period: Late Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Instructive - all parts (340 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (82 kB)
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xx Moscow Bells(Sergie Rachmaninoff)
November 04, 2013, 03:39:23 PM by bharatbash

Greetings everyone!

I am a self taught player, in awe of Rachmaninoff. I managed to play the main motif of his Prelude in C sharp minor on my digital piano. I'd like you guys to please spare a minute out of your time and have a look at my effort. Here it is:


Any sort of criticism/suggestions/comments are welcome.


question Rachmaninoff Prelude C# Minor. I need guidance
July 02, 2011, 12:13:30 AM by qpalqpal

Hello fellow forum members. I am very enthusiastic about playing this prelude by Rachmaninoff. I have to troubles, however. One, I don't know if it is my level. I am currently wrapping up Waltz Op. 34 no. 2, and I have a lot of progress in a nocturne of Chopin, op 72. in E minor. I've also done the first page of the famous C# Minor nocturne. I have been self taught for 3 years, and just got a piano teacher 3 weeks ago. Is this prelude my level, is my question. I would like a stretch, even it is difficult.

Next, I need a clear way for learning this piece, memorizing it and playing it well. I would like a plan on to approach this beautiful piece. (By the way, how do I add the sheet picture of this piece under my post. I am new here so...)

I would like to know which pedals to use where. Does anyone have the sheet music with pedal marks. I don't know where to use damper pedal

xx Suggestion Diabolique
June 04, 2011, 09:37:16 AM by joachim.hanna

How hard is it to play Prokofiev's "Suggestion Diabolique"? Is it much harder than Rachmaninov's Prélude Op. 23 Nr. 5 or Rachmaninov's Prélude Op. 3 Nr.2 ?


xx Rachmaninoff prelude - continue op. 23 #5 or try C# minor?
February 19, 2011, 11:44:33 AM by cardamome

I'm new to this forum and not a native English speaker, so I'll have to ask for some understanding!

I've been trying to learn Rachmaninoff prelude op. 23 #5  for several weeks, and my piano teacher told me that I could do it, but only by working several hours a day (which I don't have). I absolutely love this piece, though.
She suggested switching to C# minor instead. There's an audition in the end of june and she thinks I can do the latter, but that the former is too risky.

My problem is that I listened to several interpretations on YouTube, and  both pieces need speed. Is C# minor really easier ? Or is it easier only if you play it slowly -- which I honestly don't feel like doing?

Thanks for your help! I'm a bit discouraged here :-)

xx Rach prelude in c # minor - tension releasing?
February 12, 2011, 11:50:01 AM by daru2707


I'm currently playing this prelude and everything works fine except for the part just after those fast right hand triplets and just before the fat chords. I mean those fast alternating right hand-left hand smaller chords. When I play the prelude for the first time during a day, I can play that part almost with no trouble , fast and not too inaccurate ; ). BUT the more times I do it in a row, it's becoming a complete disaster. The tension in both hands is so strong that sometimes I can't play a single little chord accurately and it's unbelievably uneven. I don't play much though because of little free time, but I'm trying to get rid of that tension by playing it slowly and relaxing my hands in slow tempo, then speeding up a bit, and so on ( I read that advice here on the forum ). But it doesn't really always work.

Is it just a matter of time and practice as everything else, or do you have some other suggestions on how to release tension in hands in a specific fast-alternating part like that?

xx Which pieces should I choose?Liszt, Rach, Chopin or Debusyy?
October 29, 2010, 07:33:10 PM by keyb0ardfweak


It's my first year in the conservatory and I wanted to ask all of you what you would recommend me to do.

Btw, I am in the 7th year of 10

I ask opinions here. The only problem is if I am doing correctly or not.
Because my teacher believes I can and she demands me to play this on december and on may...

Anyways, the pieces I would like to choose are:

- Liszt - "Ballade no.1" (This one has to be in May) or "Un suspiro etude"
- Rachmaninoff - "Prelude Op.3 no.2" or "Prelude Op.23 no.5"
- Scarlatti - "K.141" or "K.87"
- Chopin - "Scherzo Op.20" or "Etude Op.10 no.8"
- Debussy - One of the "Images" book, AND, I was thinking of "L'isle joyeuse"

On december I have to play Bach's Prelude and fugue 2 (WTC 1), Chopin's etude op.10 no.6 and Scarlatti's Sonata "K.141"..I would like to play something more challenging..

Now..I have a BIG problem

Personally, she tells me, and some other friends that I can play all of that stuff!!
But..I don't feel like I can!!=S

I am 19 years old and I've been playing since 11-12

I would like you to help me on how to memorize all of this o.O

It seems hard for me

xx Help with Rachmaninoff
October 16, 2010, 10:27:15 AM by samattack


I am an amateur piano player with limited theory but have been learning Rachmaninoff's Op3 No2 (prelude in C#Minor). I am now trying to learn the Agitato, but am having trouble reading it correctly. It looks to me like this:

Left Hand:   E             B              A#       A...
Right Hand: (E G# C#) (D# G C#) (D G C) (C# E G)...

However this sounds rubbish, partly because I'm not very good but more importantly because I think I am reading it incorrectly.

Here is a link to the sheet music that I am reading from: http://www.sheetmusicfox.com/Rachmaninoff/prelude32.pdf

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

xx help on accompaniment for beethoven op 2 no 1
July 07, 2010, 02:18:45 AM by brunotheiss

Hello, I'm going to play at the municipal theater with a friend. Each one of us will play half a hour and then we'll do some piano four-hands.

I have a semester to work on the pieces I'll play alone, and one of them will for sure be Beethoven Op. 2 no. 1.

Here's the question: is the program below unnefective or something like that?
Anyone here have a much better idea?

Rachmaninoff - Prelude Op. 3 no. 2 in C Sharp Minor
Beethoven - Sonata Op. 2 no. 1 in F Minor
Chopin - Nocturne Op. 48 in C Minor

If it's ok, I won't even bother on changing anything, I just wanna know if there's some kind of a big mistake in my choice.

Thank you already  Grin

xx Rachmaninoff Prelude in C Sharp Minor (My Perfomance)
May 11, 2010, 12:54:01 AM by kentodragon

Please tell me what you think of my interpretation of this piece. Tips and advice are appreciated

xx Rach Prelude Piano Switch?
March 27, 2010, 10:18:21 PM by pianist7

It's very odd: the other day I was playing the Rach C# minor prelude on a different piano (actually it was an digital keyboard) and played the Agitato section with almost no mistakes. On my normal piano, I keep making mistakes all the time. Could someone please explain this in some more depth?

xx Rach Prelude Agitato Practise Help
March 22, 2010, 01:14:14 AM by pianist7

Any advice on how to practise the middle section of the C-sharp minor prelude? It's becoming frustrating with me making so many mistakes.

xx Rachmaninoff Prelude in C# Minor Op. 3 No. 2 - Practice Techniques.
March 07, 2010, 06:57:08 PM by awakened

I've chosen to practice this piece for the coming couple of months after listening to the many interpretations. I absolutely love it and it's a bit out of my league but that's why I'm posting this. I need advice on how to practice each part of the piece. Any tips are appreciated but the more specific you are, the better. Thank you very much in advance! Grin

Name of Piece: Prelude in C# minor Op. 3 No. 2 - Morceaux de Fantaisie
Composer: Sergei V. Rachmaninoff
Link to audio: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l1CK6qxZ7M (This is my favourite interpretation that I could find online so it gives you an idea of what I'm going for)
Link to sheets: http://imslp.org/wiki/Morceaux_de_Fantaisie,_Op.3_(Rachmaninoff,_Sergei)
(2. Prelude in C-Sharp minor, The Bells of Moscow)

xx Rachmaninoff Prelude Op 3 No 2
January 17, 2010, 10:20:09 PM by can

I hope you like it. I'm looking forward to your comments and suggestions..

xx Rachmaninov's Prelude Op.3 No.2
June 14, 2009, 12:07:33 PM by rob_the_dude

I've got the Boosey and Hawkes version of this score and I don't know what the natural sign followed by the sharp sign before the majority of the 'F's means. Is this a 'play what you want' sign (although I seriously doubt it) or a fundamental part of music theory that I have missed out on?

It is found in bars:
3, 4, 7, 9 etc.

(I noticed that it is on the Piano Street score for any of you Gold members out there)

Cheers xx

xx Rach C-sharp Prelude Fingering
April 04, 2009, 09:31:57 PM by kayordee

  I need help with the agitiato section of the famous c-sharp rach prelude. My version does not have any fingerings for this part and i would like to like to learn it with the best fingering for speed - and control if possible. I don't want to learn it  with the wrong fingering and see it fall apart as i get faster. Please, any hekp would be appreciated. Thank You =)

xx VIDEO - Rachmaninov - Prelude in c#m op3no2
January 17, 2009, 11:12:59 PM by feddera

My first video!  Smiley


xx Rachmaninov - prelude in C# minor, recital performance
December 22, 2008, 05:35:27 PM by aslanov

So since my first practice video its been about 2 months of practicing this piece.
now i realize there are a few wrong notes and not much depth in this performance, but it was my very first time and i was reaaallllyy nervous. im just happy i didnt breakdown.
let me know what u guys think.


xx Prelude in C# minor - rachmaninov Practice
October 23, 2008, 08:51:07 PM by aslanov

hey guys, as per my other posts im 10 months self-taught, and i havent had a teacher so i'd like some constructive criticism. i realize that last segment is meant to be played powerfully and accelerating too but rite now im still in the progress of getting it down to accuracy/speed.

xx Rachmaninoff Prelude C-Sharp Minor
September 29, 2008, 05:06:21 PM by peter.rajkai

I'm new to this forum and sorry for my English...
I'm learning Prelude C#m on my own and I don't understand why I should play the beginning of the piece with interlocking hands when there is an easier way (I hope you know what I mean). I've learned a few measures with the original, interlocking hands and then without it and I can not hear a difference (and I think none of the listeners can hear it).

And another question: I can't find in the scores I have how to use the pedal. I have also a midi file (from NI Akoustik Piano Demo page, anyway what do you think of that performance? http://www.nativeinstruments.de/index.php?id=apsounds&L=1 ) and I'm checking in the midi file how to use the pedal, but it would be easier in a score. Maybe I have it in the score but I can't recognize the sign? Cheesy

xx Help with Rachmaninoff Prelude
September 15, 2008, 11:01:00 PM by tylerhink

Hi, Im having trouble with Prelude in C# minor at measure 35 to 43 where there are those chords that go down the piano.

1st Is it supposed to be faster then all of the other parts of the song? It always sounds that way in recordings.

2nd Any advice on how to get it faster?


xx Rachmaninov - Prelude Op. 3 No. 2
August 31, 2008, 12:49:56 PM by rv

Hello, here's my recording of the famous prelude.

Recorded from a digital piano Roland hp-201.
Background: Started playing the piano and taking lessons since september last year. At a younger age I had keyboard/synthesizer lessons for 7 years.

Comments welcome. Considering my limited piano experience you can imagine this was kind of a big project for me. Maybe it was too soon for a piece like this. But I'm still happy that I tried. You be the judge and thanks for listening! Smiley

question Rachmaninov Prelude op3 no2
April 08, 2008, 04:39:10 PM by 2bg

Is there a tradition that requires one to play the Rachmaninov Prelude op3 no2, c sharp minor, not as notated? In all the recordings I've heard the 2nd bar is not played as a semibreve in the time of the preceeding quarter notes and  the following eighth notes are played as quarter notes?!

xx Rach op 3 no.2 ques
January 16, 2008, 03:22:21 PM by jehangircama

In the last page of the prelude, in the 9th and 11th bar from the end(sorry my score doesn't have bar no.s) in both hands there are C# octaves simultaneously with the chords an octave above and for each hand there is a square bracket connecting the two simultaneous chords. are they supposed to be played one after the other with a fast shift or is the marking an ossia marking? thanks

xx Notation question regarding Rach Op3 no2
May 21, 2007, 10:36:54 AM by ail


I'm studying Rachmaninoff's prelude Op 3 no 2, but I have a problem in the broken chords section. In some bars, my sheet has a C1 and a B2 in the left hand, while having to play E4 on the right. The two notes on the left hand are connected by what looks like a huge square bracket. Now, I think no one with normal hands can play those three notes at the same time, so I guess that bracket means something on how to play this. What does it mean? How do I play this?



xx Rachmaninoff C sharp minor prelude
April 16, 2007, 03:21:17 AM by lazlo

I know everyone plays this, but a year of piano still leaves a lot of classics...

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