khmaninov, 1 April 1873 [O.S. 20 March] – 28 March 1943) was a
Russian-American composer, pianist, and conductor. He was one of
the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, the last great
representative of Russian late Romanticism in classical music.
Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and other Russian
composers gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom which included a
pronounced lyricism, expressive breadth, structural ingenuity and a
tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors.
The piano figures prominently in Rachmaninoff's compositional
output, either as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble. He
made it a point to use his own skills as a performer to explore
fully the expressive possibilities of the instrument. Even in his
earliest works, he revealed a sure grasp of idiomatic piano writing
and a striking gift for melody.
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