Rachmaninoff Complete Preludes And Etudes-Tableaux Pf Bk (Dover Music for Piano) Paperback – 1 Apr 2014
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The 24 preludes and 17 etudes-tableaux of Serge Rachmaninoff include what are possibly his finest compositions for solo piano. Each of these masterly works is included in this complete collection, reproduced from recent, authoritative Russian editions. They include: Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2; Ten Preludes, Op. 23; Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32; Eight Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33; Nine Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39. Among these are the enormously popular C-sharp minor prelude, Op. 3, No. 2; the G-minor prelude, Op. 23, No. 5; and the B-minor prelude, Op. 32, No. 10 classics that have made Rachmaninoff one of the most performed and recorded modern composers.
Each of these works reflects Rachmaninoff's emotional intensity, his thrilling gifts as a melodist and his ability to crystallize perfectly a particular mood or sentiment. In their sonorous textures and rich embellishment, they reflect as well his sovereign command of keyboard technique and his spectacular gifts as a pianist (he was one of the very greatest pianists of the 20th century). This beautifully produced yet inexpensive edition will provide both amateur and professional pianists a lifetime of study and enjoyment, and will afford music lovers as well the deep pleasures of following, music in hand, live and recorded performances of these keyboard masterpieces.
Unabridged Dover (1988) republication of portions of "Socineniya dlya fortepiano, "Volumes 1 & 2, published by Izdatel'stvo "Muzyka," Moscow, 1975, 1976."
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This particular edition, though, is a bit of a pain. The general layout makes it hard to read - things should have been spaced out a bit more. The book does not easily sit flat on a music desk. Some of the page turns are in awkward places.
There is a lot of great music here for the price, but my advice is to spend a bit more on a different edition.
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More importantly, the pieces themselves stand as a testament to Rachmaninoff's compositional creativity and mastery, and are simply a pleasure to play and to listen to.
I found the editing and printing to be quite satisfactory, and Dover's price makes this an essential purchase for anyone seriously studing the art of piano.
This edition includes all of the Etudes-Tableaux plus all the Preludes. Thus it's title is correct. Dover has done a good job once again.
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