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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 Rachmaninoff C# minor Prelude (Op. 3, No. 2)
March 21, 2004, 11:44:05 PM by Legato

I’m curious how others play the lento section of this piece?  Originally, I maintained a relatively consistent finger position and just moved my hands to make the chords, primarily with 1-3-5 fingering.  Recently, when I revisited the piece, I tried playing this section as legato as I could and completely changed my original fingering.  I connected the chords as much as possible.  For example, my new fingering for the first three chords of measure 3, both hands:

RH: 1-2-4, 1-3-5, 1-2-4 [release thumb, connect 2-4 and 3-5]

LF: 1-3-5 (holding the E, transition thumb to 2), 1-3-5 (hold the B with 3), 1-4-5

I don’t have access to a teacher anymore and I was wondering what opinions people may have of this technique?  I feel like the resulting sound is good but before I practice this way too much, I need a professional opinion.  It is certainly much harder to play it this way.

Thanks in advance,

xx -Prelude Op. 3 No. 2
August 31, 2004, 04:43:50 AM by .COM

Has anyone played this piece?

What are your comments on it?

I feel that it is awfully neglected. :-/


xx Accents in Rachmaninoff Prelude C# Minor
March 18, 2005, 05:32:29 PM by puppetmaster

Can anyone offer some advice. In the middle section after it speeds up, towards the end there are a bunch of chord triplets going down the keyboard pretty fast. The first chord of each of these triplets is accented. Slowly I can manage, but as soon as I speed up it starts sounding like a jumble of chords again. Does anyone have any help for this. The problem is not the chords(I have them down), but the accents are giving me trouble.

xx Question about Rach. prelude op.3 no.2
June 06, 2005, 06:33:39 PM by chev_bigblock

Hey,  I'm kind of a new person here, I read this forum all the time, but this is my first posting.  Anyway, I'm just a beginner and have been taking lessons for  seven months, and I'm just moving so I don't have my teacher anymore (I'm in the process of finding a new one) (man this is a run on sentence) and my teacher gave me some pieces to work on while I'm looking for a new teacher.  So, one of these pieces is Rachmaninoff's prelude in c# minor(op.3 no.2), and I just have a really quick question about it.  It is this:  How the heck am I supposed to play measure 52?  Before on measure 46 (where the two staves changes to four) there is a similar problem where the c#'s are played then the other notes come in after (I just assumed to hold it with the pedal) , but in 52 they are played at the same time, and I know that is not humanly possible for someone to play that.  I don't know if this is making any sense, but if you know what I'm rambling on about and know how it is generally played please feel free to give advice.

xx New suscriptor and easy question about Rachmaninoff prelude op3 nº2
July 01, 2005, 09:14:46 AM by ccr


  I've been reading this forum for some months and have found really useful, so finally I've signed in.

  My name is Carlos, I'm 32 yeards old and live in Spain, so sorry if my english is not very good (don't mind if anyone care to point mistakes in what I write).

  I studied 1,5 years of piano when I was 9 years old and then left it. This year I've adquired a decent digital piano (don't warn to torture girlfriend and neighbors) and restarted studying piano. For the moment I don't have a teacher because I can't commit on a fixed timetable because of my work and other hobbys (cycling).

  I learned Minuetto in G from Anna Maria Magdalena Book and the Mussette in D major, and then jumped to try rondo alla turca from Mozart, which is giving me a hard time specially the last part right hand chords. But somehow I've managed to play the notes without too many mistakes.  Grin

  I've also started fur elise and learned past the first interruption, but I've temporally parked it because I would like to learn Rachmaninoff prelude Op3, number 2. Saddly my theory level is not as good as I'd like and I already have questions in 3erd measure that maybe someone can help me with:

  In third measure, the third LH chord have a double sharp symbol on F, but I don't know if I should play GAG (F two steps sharp) or G#AG# (F# two steps sharp).

  Also, two chords forward, the score says FBF but the F's have a natural sign and then a sharp sign. Which notes should I play?

  Thanks everyone

Carlos CR

xx Rach Prelude in C# minor op.3 no.2 and Scriabin Etude op.2 no.1
August 09, 2005, 01:12:33 AM by beginner0

Comments please.

Also for the Scriabin my friend redid it a bit and so it sounds less home recorded ish.

xx Rach Prelude in C# minor
August 26, 2005, 10:19:45 PM by virtuoso_735

Here is another recording of mine of Rachmaninoff's famous Prelude in C# minor. I hope you like it. All comments welcome. Thanks!

Here's the link: http://www.savefile.com/files.php?fid=1784287

xx Presentation + question on Rachmaninoff prel. op 3 n°2
November 17, 2005, 10:28:27 AM by max_malinou

Hi folks,

Since it is my first post, let me introduce myself. I am 24 and live in Paris. I studied the piano as a child (something like from 7 to 14) then dropped. I started again a few years ago but did not have time to play. I finally bought a piano a few weeks ago and now practice a lot. I must confess I do not have a good level, but I still enjoy playing some little pieces, and I now master the andante from Beethoven’s pastorale sonata.

I have a question.
I started working on Rachmaninoff prelude opus 3 n°2 last week. I think I won’t be able to play the presto part but I like the lento so much I still started. So why are the chords of the lento writed so weird ?
For instance, take the first one, on the score it says E G# E for the left hand and C# G# C# for the right one, which force you to overlap hands. I play it E G# C# for both hands and find it much more simple.

So I guess maybe there something I don’t understand on this prelude that makes that in fact one should play like it is written, maybe someone can explain that.

Thanks a lot for the dozens of  instructive threads on this forum. Wink


xx Rachmaminov op. 3 no. 2
June 18, 2006, 05:53:03 PM by pianogeek_cz

Live recording, not very exclusive sound quality, LOUD at places  Smiley

I know about the missing bass in the middle section... That's probably the worst flub in the place, also the chords run is not 100% even...

Let me know what you think!

xx (VIDEO) Rachmaninoff - Prelude in C# Minor
July 15, 2006, 08:29:54 AM by jamie_liszt


Here is a video of me performing Rachmaninoffs Prelude Opus 3 No 2 C# Minor. I have been learning this for 5 days, so ignore the mistakes for now.


xx Rachmaninov's Prelude in C# Minor
September 13, 2006, 01:25:43 PM by elisianna

  Ever since I first heard that piece, it's been a goal of mine to learn it, not only to learn it, but to actually play it very well. (I know some people say "Oh I learned 'such and such'" but they really kinda suck at it =P).

  I've been playing for 3 years now and I just finished my Grade 8 (RCM).  I was planning on only doing grade 9, but since I need grade 10 pieces for University auditions my teacher decided to let me do both grades at the same time. (I think 9 and 10 are like the 7 and 8 most of you go by XD)

  He gave me some pieces to work on from both grades, one of them is Rachmaninov's Op. 3 "Melody". (You can imagine how excited I was to finally play something by my favourite composer =) )

  Now to my point.  I really really love the Prelude in C# Minor.  I know it isn't really one of his most difficult pieces by far, so my lifelong goal of owning it shouldn't be TOO far off.  I'm just curious HOW far off it could possibly be, how much more difficult is it than "Melody" (same opus! I get shivers!! Hohoho just kidding XD).  Also what grade is it in, and what pieces would be good to learn leading up to it.  I know in the sheet music section of this website it says it's grade 8 (my grade 10 I guess...) but I can't believe that for some reason XD. (I can't be close to my goal? XD)

Thanks in advance.

xx Rachmaninoff C sharp minor prelude
November 01, 2006, 06:06:59 AM by lazlo

I am having a hard time gauging how much difficulty it will give me... I m pretty sure that the outer sections technically won't slow me down too much, but, I'm not sure I understand how difficult the agitato really is... or is not... Could someone possibly shed some light on this piece? thanks.

xx Rachmaninoff C sharp minor prelude
February 21, 2007, 06:46:22 AM by lazlo

About the agitato section. It's hard to explain the question sort of, I'll do my best... Is it best to play it all between the black keys with the hands as far in as capable, or is it just impossible to play it this way. Because I can play it without doing that, but it feels like a very inefficient use of energy, and feels as though I'm constantly moving my hands up and down (kind of like the opening and the ending). I ask because usually I would play inbetween the keys and far up to minimize extraneous movement, but since every other section in the piece inherently requires one to pull there hands fron between the keys, I was curious if this was just the case throughout. Hopes this makes sense...

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...

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?



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