Sergey Rachmaninoff
Prelude
in G Minor, Op. 23 No. 5

The most played of Rachmaninoff's op 23 Preludes is characterized by its relentless, triumphant marching rhythm and the melting lyricism of the middle section.

ID: 81
Key: G Minor
Year: 1901
Level: 8+
Period: Late Romantic
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A Pianistic Earthquake

The Prelude in G-Minor is instantly recognizable, with its throbbing, insistent “alla marcia” theme. The racing octaves contrast starkly with the dreamy wisps of fog of the pianissimo sections, creating the ultimate tension. Played with the once-in-a-century verve of a musician like Richter, the piece conjures up earthquakes in our very collective souls. And, just as suddenly, all becomes the most fragile of frozen helium structures, which would splinter into billions of atoms at the slightest touch. Much as the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in B-Flat Minor remains a professional pianist’s trump card, the G-Minor Prelude is the “side ace” in the pianist’s repertoire.

Background

The Preludes op 23 was composed during Rachmaninoff's happiest years, after he had made great success with the Second Piano Concerto and finally been married to his beloved Natalia after many years of despair and depression. The 5th prelude was composed first, and has become the most performed one of the set. Emil Gilels famously went to the front in World War II, to play this piece for Soviet military forces fighting in the war.


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Prelude in G Minor Op. 23 No. 5 by the composer Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943). This piano piece was composed in 1901 and is part of Rachmaninoff's Preludes.