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Adagio from "Symphony No 2"

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Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff (arr. Hanna)


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General Info

Year: 1907 / 2014 (?)
Duration: c. 14:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Paul Hanna
Cost: Score and Parts - Free

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Program Notes

Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27 is a symphony by the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, written in 1906–07. The premiere was conducted by the composer himself in St. Petersburg on 8 February 1908. The score is dedicated to Sergei Taneyev, a Russian composer, teacher, theorist, author, and pupil of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Alongside his Piano Concerto No. 2 and Piano Concerto No. 3, this symphony remains one of the composer's best known compositions.

The third movement, Adagio, is in a broad three-part form, and is often remembered for its opening theme, which is played by the first violins and restated both as a melody and as an accompanying figure later on in the movement. This opening theme, however, is really an introduction to the main melody of the movement, which is presented by a lengthy clarinet solo, and is a typical Rachmaninoff creation, circling around single notes and accompanied by rich harmony. The second part of the movement is based on the initial motto theme of the symphony, and in many ways is a direct complement to the introduction of the first movement, leading to an impassioned climax in C major. After a transition back to the opening theme, the central melody of the movement is restated, this time played by the first violins, while fragments of the opening theme are heard in the accompaniment. The movement concludes in a tranquil fashion, dying away slowly in the strings.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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  • Kearsarge Community Band (New London, N.H.) (P. Aarne Vesilind, conductor) – 11 December 2016


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