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Andante Cantabile (Rachmaninoff)

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Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff (arr. Calvin Custer)

Subtitle: Variation XVIII, from Paganini Variations

General Info

Year: 1934 / 1995
Duration: c. 3:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano and orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubling Piccolo)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Almost everyone knows this work simply as the Eighteenth Variation, and it is one of those melodies that finds its way into one's very psyche. Hear it once and you'll whistle it for days! It's a fascinating study in textures and shifting harmonies by Rachmaninoff, ably arranged by Calvin Custer.

- Program Note from publisher

The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43, (is a concertante work written by Sergei Rachmaninoff for piano and orchestra, closely resembling a piano concerto, all in a single movement. Rachmaninoff wrote the work at his summer home, the Villa Senar in Switzerland, according to the score, from 3 July to 18 August 1934. Rachmaninoff himself, a noted interpreter of his own works, played the piano part at the piece's premiere on 7 November 1934, at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland, with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski.

The Andante Cantabile is the 18th variation, in the key of D-flat major.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: III
  • Texas: III. Complete
  • Virginia: IV


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