A First Book of Rachmaninoff for the Beginning Pianist with Downloadable MP3s

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-06-13
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Now even the often-challenging works of the last of Russia's Romantic composers are accessible to beginning pianists. Rachmaninoff's music can be daunting to those just starting out, but these simple arrangements focus on the composer's melodies and style. The more abstract works are excerpted and presented in manageable samples, and the keys are simplified. Suggested fingerings are also provided.
The collection features easy-to-play versions of "Vocalise"; Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2 ("Bells of Moscow"); the second movement of the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 (Theme); Nocturne No. 1 in F-sharp Minor and Nocturne No. 3 in C Minor; Morceaux de Salon, No. 3, Op. 10; Variations of a Theme of Corelli; and other selections. In addition to the piano arrangements, the compilation includes a free MP3 download for every piece, which will help students develop an ear for the melodies. The MP3s may be downloaded individually or collectively.

Author Biography

Former Dover editor David Dutkanicz holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and Columbia University. He is the editor of several books in this series.

Table of Contents

Adagio from Symphony No. 2
Theme from Sonata for Piano and Cello
Variations of a Theme of Corelli
Isle of the Dead
Trio elegiaque No. 1
Adagio from Piano Concerto No. 2
Hungarian Dance from 2 Moeceaux de salon
Chorus from Aleko
Canon in E Minor
Piano Concerto No. 3
Symphony No. 1
Do Not Sing, My Beauty
Trio elegiaque No. 2
Barcolle from Morceaux de salon Op. 10
Andante Cantabile fron Six Miments Musicaux
Long Ago, My Friend
Italian Polka
Prelude in F Minor
Hungarian Dance from 2 Morceaux de salon
Across the River from Three Russian Songs
Nocturne No. 3
Etudes-tableaux Op. 33, No. 2
Ave Maria from All-Night Vigil
Symphony No. 3
Etudes-tableaux Op. 33, No. 4
Rhapsody on a Theme of Pasganini
Russian Rhapsody
Variations on a Theme of Chopin
Trio elegiaque No. 2:  Opening
Symphonic Dances
How Eair This Place
Bells of Moscow
Nocturne No. 1
Romance in G Major

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