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Topic: Tips for easy Rachmaninoff pieces that sound good?  (Read 1791 times)

Offline slurred_beat

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Tips for easy Rachmaninoff pieces that sound good?
on: January 29, 2021, 01:27:46 PM
I want to play more Rachmaninoff but some of his pieces are very difficult. Do you have some tips for easy Rachmaninoff pieces that sound good? Maybe intermediate level, I have played the C sharp minor prelude. But I also want to know what are some of his easiest pieces?
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Re: Tips for easy Rachmaninoff pieces that sound good?
Reply #1 on: February 01, 2021, 12:33:15 PM
Ok maybe there arent easy Rachmaninoff pieces? It is also ok with intermediate level pieces. I'm just asking for something of Rachmaninoff that isnt too hard. Is there any good suggestions?

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Re: Tips for easy Rachmaninoff pieces that sound good?
Reply #2 on: February 01, 2021, 01:18:23 PM
The first one that came to mind is the B minor prelude, his personal favourite from the set. But I don't really know if it qualifies as "easy" just because I can play it; I have significant idiosyncrasies (e.g. a 98th percentile hand span and very relaxed wrists).

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Re: Tips for easy Rachmaninoff pieces that sound good?
Reply #3 on: February 02, 2021, 03:35:19 AM
His own transcription of his Lilac has a lovely tone and is quite manageable technically, and if you can deal with odd polyrhythm 3 against 5, I would suggest Prelude Op 32 No. 5

To some extent, if you don't mind playing a non original Rach piece, you might also want to try a transcription of the 18th variation from his "Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini", there are a few transcriptions out there provided for free and also the commercial version by Robert Schultz, which is the favorite one of many pianists
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