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Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor Op 18 3rd movement Rachmaninov Help Opus Details
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Rachmaninov's supremely romantic and ever popular 2nd piano concerto is full of soaring melodies. But it is exceedingly difficult to play, requiring a piano virtuoso of exceptional talent.

This 3rd movement is marked allegro scherzando. It opens with the string section playing a lively tune accompanied by pizzicato basses. A crecendo culminating in a big cymbal clash leads into a bravura and virtuosic piano passage. Eventually this is followed by the first main theme, on piano. This is a very rapid spririted tune, but still using big chords. It is difficult piano playing! Quite a while later, the second theme, appears on the oboe. This is another of Rachmaninov's memorable, expansive melodies. Eventually, this tune, in a more elaborated form, is repeated on the piano.
Category: Concerto Orchestra Featuring Piano Romantic Period
Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   Eb Major Play MP3 using player below.

1    Playful skippy rhythmic introduction by the strings.

2    First main theme, on piano. Very rapid spririted tune, but still using big chords. Difficult piano playing!

3    Second theme, on oboe. Another of Rachmaninov's memorable, expansive melodies.

4    Repeat of second theme, this time on the piano.
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