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Topic: Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Pagannini  (Read 1674 times)

Offline musicsdarkangel

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Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Pagannini
on: April 16, 2005, 02:33:40 AM
I guess I'm going to play this.



How difficult is it compared to, say,

Mendelssohn G minor?
Rachmaninoff 1st-3rd concertos?


I am clueless.

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Re: Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Pagannini
Reply #1 on: April 16, 2005, 10:43:46 AM
Harder than Mendessohn, but easier than the concerto's, I'd say
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Re: Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Pagannini
Reply #2 on: April 17, 2005, 04:59:17 AM
a lot harder than mendelssohn.

I heard it was harder than the 2nd concerto, but I really have no idea. and I don't know the 2nd shapes up against the 1st.

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Re: Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Pagannini
Reply #3 on: April 17, 2005, 10:12:34 AM
I don't know about the 4th concerto, but I think of the other three, 2 is most awkward, then 3, then 1.  But the Rach Pag is definately easier (for starters its much less complex harmonically) than the 1st concerto
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Re: Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Pagannini
Reply #4 on: April 17, 2005, 09:05:45 PM
Very formidable - more so than the first and probably the second as well.
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Re: Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme by Pagannini
Reply #5 on: April 18, 2005, 05:30:50 PM
It's quite a lot harder than it looks on paper. There are some tremendous chord skips which are very difficult to do cleanly. I would definitely consider it on the same level as the concerti.
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