Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2 – technical question?



Asked by: Bill Barnes

Which Rachmaninoff concerto is the hardest?





Perhaps the most difficult piece ever written for piano, Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto is 40 minutes of finger-twisting madness.

Which is better Rach 2 or 3?

Rach 2 is more concrete and focused, with the theme repeated several times. I also found the last few measures in Rach 2 to be more awe-inspiring. Maybe it’s because there’s so much hype around Rach 3, and I’m being nonconformist. In the other movements, Rach 3 dominates its older sibling.

What is the form of Rachmaninoff piano concerto 2?

The piece is written in three-movement concerto form: Moderato (C minor) Adagio sostenuto – Più animato – Tempo I (C minor → E major)

What was Rachmaninoff favorite piece?

Here’s what Rachmaninoff told his biographer: My favorite number in the work, which I love as I do The Bells, is the fifth canticle, “Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace” [Luke 2:29].

What is the most technically difficult piano piece?





La Campanella‘, which translates as ‘little bell’, comes from a larger work – the Grandes études de Paganini – and is famous for being one of the most difficult pieces ever written for piano. The piece’s technical demands include enormous jumps for the right hand played at an uncomfortably speedy tempo.

Is Shostakovich Piano Concerto 2 Difficult?

The Second Piano Concerto (1957) is interesting because it’s supposed to be a student piece (written for Shostakovich’s son, Maxim), so not too hard, but when I was learning it I found it very difficult technically, especially the last movement – much more difficult than anything in the First Piano Concerto.

Is Rach 2 Difficult?

Rach 2 is one of the hardest to perform well.

Which movement of Rach 3 is hardest?

Re: Most difficult movement of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 3? Having played the Concerto, I can comfirm that the 3rd mvnt is by far the most difficult.

What is considered the greatest piano concerto?

Top 10 Piano Concertos



  • Mozart Piano Concerto No 27.
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No 5.
  • Brahms Piano Concerto No 1.
  • Schumann Piano Concerto.
  • Grieg Piano Concerto.
  • Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1.
  • Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 3.
  • Ravel Piano Concerto.

What is the easiest Rachmaninoff piano piece?

His first prelude, op. 3 no. 2 in C sharp minor, is probably his most well-known and is fairly playable by his own standards at a Henle level 6 (9 is the highest/hardest). This would be around a grade 10 RCM level.

How hard are Rachmaninoff preludes?

Re: Rachmaninov Preludes: Difficulty
23 and 32 in terms of difficulty. Also feel free to comment on which ones are your favorites, and not-so-favorites. Op. 23 #9 is one of the nastiest double-note pieces ever written; almost no one can really play it.

Who plays the best Rach 3?

Mogilevsky is likely to be the pianist least familiar to readers. But musicians such as pianist Garrick Ohlsson and conductor David Zinman swear that this performance by the then-18-year-old Russian is the greatest ever recorded. (It’s also the personal favorite of this writer.)
15 мар. 1997



How long does it take to learn Rach 3?

Rach 3 (at least just the notes) can be learned by someone at your level in about 2-3 months if you’re spending around 3 or 4 hours a day on it. It’s the music/interpretation aspect that’s the hard part about it.

How hard is Rachmaninoff Sonata?

It is very difficult, although not as difficult as the 1st Sonata. The original is a big thick. The revision is a bit thin. Most people play the revised version, as it’s quite a bit shorter overall.

How many notes does Rach 3 have?

Concert pianists can perform a 45 minute piece with 30,000 individual notes, that have to be performed in an absolutely particular order, with rhythmical and dynamic variability, passionately creating an emotional and formal narrative, from memory, live on stage.

How do pianists remember?

Pianists use their muscle memory to remember all the notes while playing. When a pianist plays a piece their muscle memory helps them to play the notes without necessarily having to remember every single note.



What is a cadenza in music?

1 : a parenthetical flourish in an aria or other solo piece commonly just before a final or other important cadence. 2 : a technically brilliant sometimes improvised solo passage toward the close of a concerto.