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Rachmaninoff: Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G Minor

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Sergey Rachmaninoff - Preludes :
Prelude, Op. 23 No. 5
Prelude Op. 23 No. 5  in G Minor by Rachmaninoff piano sheet music
Key: G Minor Year: 1901
Level: 8+ Period: Late Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (1247 kB)

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xx Rachmaninoff - Prelude op. 23 no. 5
February 01, 2003, 05:53:11 PM by Ha_Thi

Hi fellows,

I'm studying the prelude by Rachmaninoff. Unfortunately my arm get tired each time. Could you give me some suggestions how to relax while playing that great piece?

And a basic question, I play piano for 4 years now, but  I started playing the piano very late (at the age of 14). You you think one can reach a perfect technique though?


xx Rachmaninov's Prelude in G Minor
September 25, 2004, 09:46:18 PM by all_black_and_white

I love this peice; I worked it to death.  But even after I had in memorized backwards and forwards, my hands couldn't seem to put all the intense chord stretches and the speed of the peice together!  I've been able to master this in other peices, but this one just wore me out.  Is this something that could come with excersize/acquiring "finger muscle" :-), or is it possible that my hands are just too small to take it?

I appreciate any suggestions!

xx Rach Prelude in G minor V.S. Chopin Nocturne Op. 48 N.1
January 02, 2005, 08:24:39 AM by Barbosa-piano

                Hello, I am new to the site, and my name is Mario. I am sorry for the inconvenience, but I am representing the school in the UIL piano Competition, and I would like to know if anyone could give me an advice on which piece would be the most impressing one;
                Rachmaninoff, Prelude in G minor.  Op 23 N. 5 Alla marcia.
                Chopin Nocturne Op. 48 n.1, or any other Nocturne (except op 9 n.2)
                 I also have the choice between Chopin's Waltzes op 42 and 64, and Polonaises op. 40 and 26.
                 I would be thankful if anyone could give any advices... ;     Grin
                                                                     Mario Barbosa.

xx exactly how insane would I be to learn Rach's G minor prelude right now?
January 02, 2005, 07:46:49 PM by Glissando

Did I not get enough sleep last night and am still in dream-land, or could I learn this piece right now?
I'm currently working on:
J. S. Bach:
Sinfonia No. 3

Nocturne in E Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2
Waltz in C Sharp, Op. 64 No. 2

Etude No. 34

Sonata in F Major

Some of the stuff I've mastered is:
Invention No. 1
Invention No. 6

Prelude in E Flat, Op. 28 No. 4
Polonaise in G Minor

Sonata K. 545
(as well as lots more stuff just can't remember the names right now)

And I can reach an octave, maybe a 9th.
Should I forget it? If so, what are some easier show-offy pieces?
Thanks. Smiley

xx Rachmaninov Prelude Op. 23 No. 5
August 06, 2005, 02:41:55 AM by twinkletoesfaery

Been learning this piece for donkey's now.  I can play the tunes and even memorize some bits but I can never play it like I hear others play it.  Some bits I can play fast but there are various trouble spots.  Major fingering problem perhaps since I can't play the left hand of the second theme.

(the highlighted bits in the picture)

Some advice would be muchly appreciated.

Or perhaps this piece is out of my reach *pout* I'm a grade 2 ex-piano student who's been playing without a teacher.  I practice loads but only songs.  Never tried playing the likes of Hanon and other dry-ish stuff.  Perhaps I should...


xx Opus 23, No. 5 Prelude (Gm), Rachmaninov
November 13, 2005, 11:15:50 PM by gaer

I recorded all the Opus 23 Preludes by Rachmaninov between 1995 and 2000. At that time, I had planned to post these files to a website, and had, in fact, started my own site. Then I was attacked by the Copyright Nazis. I was basically told:

"We don't care if you are a teacher. We don't care if you bought the music you are playing from us. We don't care if you are not charging money. We don't care if this is mainly to introduce fine music to many people who have not heard it. We only care about money. Pay us or we will sue you."

I thought, removed the files, and vowed never again to record, in fact never again to play. And from about 2000 until a couple months ago, I have only played for students in lessons. Now I'm trying to get back into full swing again.

So this and other Rachmaninov files I am uploading are as much as 10 years old. Some have parts I just did yesterday, some a month ago, some were done before year 2000. Because I'm still using the same electronic instrument, time does not matter, although often I completely start from scratch now because something from a few years ago no longer sounds at all right to me.

For this Prelude I studied carefully every recording I could get my hands on, but the performances of Rachmaninov himself are what I paid the most attention to, and certain things that may not sound "legal", such as a slight delay between the big succession of big chords, just before the descending octaves, are what Rachmaninov did. Also, the slight compression of the TAH, ta-ta TAH, where the "ta-ta" notes are actually played a bit to quickly, also comes from Rachmaninov's own style.

However, overall, I think this and many pieces like it are often played so fast, they sound glib, and somehow the power and intensity is lessened for me, as a listener. I realize these are personal views though. I wanted the middle section to completely contrast with the march-like quality of the outer sections, and I always had it in my mind to take a rather huge liberty, starting back very slowly after the central section and slowly accelerating into the speed and even more power than the beginning.

Again, comments would be welcome.


xx Rachmaninov G Minor Prelude: COMMENTS NEEDED!
April 12, 2006, 12:17:54 AM by dickreuter

I play the G minor prelude on an electro piano. As I intend to record a CD in 6-12 months or so (and I know there's still plenty of work to do) I would welcome any constructive comments on how I can improve my playing.

many thanks in advance

xx Rachmaninov Prelude in G Minor - another recording...
June 03, 2006, 07:25:53 PM by dickreuter

After Jaynats recordings you're now all experts in this piece Smiley  I'm happy to receive comments and critique.

xx prelude in g minor help
July 20, 2006, 01:08:41 PM by nixo1000

I have a silly question on this prelude. On the last line of the 1st page on the first measure is the F before F#, F#. Its been a while for me I have just been playing both F natural then the F#.

xx Rachmaninov Prelude in G Minor
August 11, 2006, 09:57:09 PM by remezetti

Here's my video from a competition I attended a month ago. Please criticize. Wink

Video brought to you by GoogleVideos.


xx Rachmaninov Op. 23 no. 5 - Spanish influence?
December 05, 2006, 06:32:28 AM by cygnusdei

Do you think the middle section was inspired/a hommage to spanish music, particularly the Malagueña? I've always thought there was something familiar - the harmonic progression is certainly similar.

Now when I say Malagueña, I meant the song by Ernesto Lecuona. Apparently he also wrote an arrangement for piano, which I think is part of the Andalucia "Suite Español".

There is a youtube video of pianist David Smith playing his own arrangement (I think):
It says Albeniz on the screen title, but that is not correct. I can't quite figure out what he was saying in the video.

question Rach Prelude in G minor Op. 23
January 11, 2007, 07:53:57 AM by rach3pianoconcerto

hey i am in the process of learning rachmaninoffs second most popular prelude in Gminor opus 23. I am wondering if it is wise to play hands separate first to get to know the notes and where the piece is going before going hands together. I can go super super slow hands together and even doing that i am making plenty of mistakes. I am just wondering how i would approach this piece in a wise way as to not stall the learning process. What is the best way to practice this piece. I just feel like i am not getting anywhere.
Thank you very much


-----Mike Grin

xx Rachmaninov Prelude Op. 23 No. 5
February 10, 2007, 09:52:17 PM by escort


I know you've all heard this piece a million times and probably won't be interested in hearing it again, but I'm playing it for a small competition in early March and I wanted some opinions on it. 
There are some missed notes, so I apologize for that.  Also, my piano is a bit out of tune.  I hope you enjoy


xx Rachmaninoff prelude 23 nr 5
April 15, 2007, 07:05:04 PM by korsol

Hi. I've played the piano for almost 7   years, should I be able to learn this piece ?   
I don't have any teachers and have used a long time practise on this piece, have just learned one page and it sounds crappy. Is it stupit of me to practice on this piece if it is very dificult?

xx Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor Op. 23 No. 5
May 28, 2007, 05:02:30 AM by faj

Another recording of Rachmaninoff prelude in G minor  Grin
Any comment/ criticism/ advice are most welcome

Best Regards,

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