List of compositions by Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Rachmaninoff at his estate Ivanovka, proofing his Piano Concerto No. 3 (1910)

The compositions of Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) cover a variety of musical forms and genres. Born in Russia, he studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Nikolai Zverev and Anton Arensky, and while there, composed some of his most famous works, including the first piano concerto (Op. 1) and the Prelude in C-sharp minor (Op. 3, No. 2). Although spread over three different opuses, he did go on to complete an important set of 24 preludes in all the major and minor keys. His Symphony No. 1 (Op. 13) was one of his first compositions as a "Free Artist" after graduation, and subsequently his first critical failure. The derision he received sent him into depression. After being sent through autosuggestive therapy, he composed his second piano concerto (Op. 18), which is still part of the major orchestra repertoire today. In 1909, he made his first tour of the United States, and composed Piano Concerto No. 3 (Op. 30), notable for its difficult cadenza. After this, due to migration from Russia in 1917 and his busy concert career, his output as a composer decreased, and during this period, he completed only six compositions. His last work, Symphonic Dances (Op. 45), was completed in 1940.

Works by musical form[edit]

Opus Title Instrumentation Date completed

Orchestra[edit]

Scherzo in D minor orchestra 1887
Manfred 1891, lost
Suite in D minor 1891
Youth Symphony, unfinished 1891
Prince Rostislav 1891
7 The Rock 1893
Two Don Juan Episodes 1894, lost
12 Caprice bohémien 1894
13 Symphony No. 1 1896
27 Symphony No. 2 1908
29 Isle of the Dead 1908
44 Symphony No. 3 1936
45 Symphonic Dances 1940

Chamber[edit]

Romance in A minor violin and piano 1880s?
String Quartet No. 1 two violins, viola, and cello 1890?
Lied cello and piano 1890
Mélodie on a Theme of Rachmaninoff violin or cello and piano 1890?
Trio élégiaque No. 1 violin, cello, and piano 1892
2 Two Pieces (Prelude, Danse orientale) cello and piano 1892
6 Morceaux de salon (Romance, Danse hongroise) violin and piano 1893
9 Trio élégiaque No. 2 piano, violin, and cello 1893, revised 1906 [Boosey & Hawkes ed.], 1913 [modern Russian ed.]
String Quartet No. 2 two violins, viola, and cello 1896?
19 Cello Sonata cello and piano 1901

Piano and orchestra[edit]

Concerto in C minor, projected piano and orchestra 1889
Piano Concerto No. 3 (Op. 30) is notable for its massive ossia.
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1 Piano Concerto No. 1 1891, revised 1917
18 Piano Concerto No. 2 1901
30 Piano Concerto No. 3 1909
40 Piano Concerto No. 4 1926, revised 1941
43 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini 1934

Solo piano[edit]

Étude in F-sharp major [lost] 1886?
Lento in D minor 1887?
Four Pieces 1887 or later?
Romance, Prelude, Mélodie, Gavotte
Three Nocturnes 1888
Andante cantabile, Andante maestoso-Allegro assai, Andante
Piece (Canon) in D minor 1891
Prelude in F major 1891
3 Morceaux de fantaisie 1892
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No. 1, Élégie in E-flat minor
No. 2, Prélude in C-sharp minor
No. 3, Mélodie in E major (later revised)
No. 4, Polichinelle
No. 5, Serenade
10 Morceaux de salon 1894
No. 1, Nocturne in A minor
No. 2, Valse in A major
No. 3, Barcarolle in G minor
No. 4, Mélodie in E minor
No. 5, Humoresque in G major
No. 6, Romance in F minor
No. 7, Mazurka in D-flat major
Four Improvisations (with Arensky, Glazunov, Taneyev) 1896
16 Six moments musicaux 1896
Six moments musicaux (Op. 16), range in style from the slow Andantino (pictured) to the torrential Presto.
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No. 1 Andantino in B-flat minor
No. 2 Allegretto in E-flat minor
No. 3 Andante cantabile in B minor
No. 4 Presto in E minor
No. 5 Adagio sostenuto in D-flat major
No. 6 Maestoso in C major
Morceau de Fantaisie in G minor 1899
Fughetta in F major 1899
22 Variations on a Theme of Chopin 1903
23 Ten Preludes 1903
Prelude in G minor (Op. 23, No. 5) embodies his Russian spirit
28 Piano Sonata No. 1 1908
32 Thirteen Preludes 1910
33 Études-Tableaux 1911
36 Piano Sonata No. 2 1913, revised 1931
39 Études-Tableaux 1916
Three Pieces (Prelude in D minor, Oriental Sketch, Fragments) 1917
42 Variations on a Theme of Corelli 1931

Other piano[edit]

Two Pieces (Valse, Romance) piano six hands 1891
The first movement of Suite No. 2 (Op. 17) is full of idiosyncratically large and thick chords.
Russian Rhapsody two pianos 1891
5 Suite No. 1 (or Fantaisie-Tableaux for two pianos) two pianos 1893
Romance in G major piano duet 1894?
11 Six Morceaux piano duet 1894
No. 1, Barcarolle
No. 2, Scherzo
No. 3, Thème Russe
No. 4, Valse
No. 5, Romance
No. 6, Slava
17 Suite No. 2 two pianos 1901
Polka Italienne piano duet 1906?

Transcriptions[edit]

Transcription of Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony piano duet 1886, lost
Transcription of Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty piano duet 1891
Transcription of Glazunov: Symphony No. 6 piano duet 1896
Paraphrase of Bizet: Minuet from L'Arlésienne piano 1900, revised 1922
Transcription of Franz Behr: Lachtäubchen, Op. 303 (published as Polka de W.R.) piano 1911
Transcription of John Stafford Smith: The Star-Spangled Banner piano 1918
Cadenza for Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 piano 1919
Paraphrase of Kreisler: Liebesleid piano 1921
Paraphrase of Mussorgsky: Gopak from The Fair at Sorochyntsi piano 1923
Paraphrase of Schubert: Wohin? (D795/2) piano 1925
Paraphrase of Kreisler: Liebesfreud piano 1925
Paraphrase of Mussorgsky: Gopak from The Fair at Sorochyntsi piano and violin 1926
Paraphrase of Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee piano 1929
Paraphrase of Mendelssohn: Scherzo from the Incidental music to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream piano 1933
Paraphrase of Bach: movements from Partita No. 3 in E major for unaccompanied violin (BWV 1006) piano 1933 or 1934
Paraphrase of Tchaikovsky: Lullaby piano 1941

Operas[edit]

Esmeralda, projected 1888
Aleko 1892
24 The Miserly Knight 1904
25 Francesca da Rimini 1905
Salammbô, projected 1906
Monna Vanna, unfinished 1908

Choral works[edit]

Deus Meus six-part mixed chorus 1890?
O Mother of God Perpetually Praying: a Choral Concerto in G minor mixed chorus 1893
Chorus of Spirits mixed chorus 1894?
Song of the Nightingale four-part mixed chorus and piano 1894?
15 Six Choruses for Women's or Children's Voices Women's or Children's chorus 1895
Be Praised, Night, The Pine, The Waves Slumbered, Slavery, The Angel
Panteley the Healer mixed chorus 1899
20 Spring, cantata baritone solo, chorus, and orchestra 1902
31 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom chorus 1910
35 The Bells voice soloists, chorus, and orchestra 1913
37 All-Night Vigil chorus 1915
41 Three Russian Songs chorus and orchestra 1927

Solo voice and piano[edit]

"Again you are Bestirred, my Heart" 1890 or 1893
"At the Gates of the Holy Cloister" 1890
Two Boris monologues 1891?
"C'etait en Avril" 1891
"Dusk was Falling" 1891
4 Six Songs 1890–1893
The lyrics of "Oh, My Corn Field!" (Op. 4, No. 5) are based on a text by Aleksei Tolstoy that laments a failed harvest.
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"Oh No, I Beg You, Do Not Leave!", "Morning", "In the Silence of the Secret Night", "Sing not, O Lovely One", "Oh, My Corn Field!", "It Was Not Long Ago, My Friend"
"Song of the Disenchanted," 1893?
"Do you Remember the Evening?" 1893?
"The Flower Died" 1893
8 Six Songs 1893
"Water Lily", "My Child, Your Beauty is That of a Flower", "Thoughts, Reflections", "I Fell in Love, To My Sorrow", "A Dream", "Prayer"
14 Twelve Songs 1896
"I Await You", "Small Island", "How Fleeting is Delight in Love", "I was with Her", "Summer Nights", "You are so Beloved by All", "Do Not Believe me, Friend", "Oh, do not Grieve", "She is as Beautiful as Midday", "In my Soul", "Spring Torrents", "It is Time!"
"Were you Hiccupping?" 1899
"Night" 1900
21 Twelve Songs 1902
"Fate", "By a Fresh Grave", "Twilight", "They Replied", "Lilacs", "Fragment from 'de Musset'", "How Peaceful", "On the Death of a Linnet", "Melody", "Before the Icon", "I am not a Prophet", "How Pained I am"
26 Fifteen Songs 1906
"There are Many Sounds", "All was Taken from Me", "We shall Rest", "Two Farewells", "Let us Leave, my Sweet", "Christ is Risen", "To the Children", "Beg for Mercy", "I am Again Alone", "At my Window", "The Fountain", Night is Sorrowful", "Yesterday we Met", "The Ring", "All Passes"
"Letter to Stanislavsky" 1908
34 Fourteen Songs 1912
Vocalise (Op. 34, No. 14) is a slow piece either sung without words or played on a string instrument.
"The Muse", "In the Soul of Each of Us", "The Storm", "The Migrant Wind", "Arion", "The Raising of Lazarus", "It Cannot Be", "Music", "You Knew Him", "I Remember that Day", "The Herald", "What Happiness", "Dissonance", "Vocalise"
"From the Gospel of St. John" 1915
"Prayer" 1916
"All Things Wish to Sing" 1916
38 Six Songs 1916
"At Night in my Garden", "To Her", "Daisies", "The Pied Piper", "Sleep", "A-oo!"

Chronological[edit]

Composed Opus Title Instrumentation
1880 Romance in A minor violin and piano
1886 Transcription of Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony piano duet
1886 Étude in F-sharp major piano
1887 Lento in D minor piano
1887 Four Pieces: Romance, Prelude, Mélodie, Gavotte piano
1887 Scherzo in D minor orchestra
1888 Three Nocturnes: Andante cantabile, Andante maestoso-Allegro assai, Andante piano
1888 Esmeralda opera
1889 Concerto in C minor piano and orchestra
1890 String Quartet No. 1 two violins, viola, and cello
1890 Lied cello and piano
1890 Melodie on a Theme of Rachmaninoff violin/cello and piano
1890–1 1 Piano Concerto No. 1, revised 1917 piano concerto
1890–1 Transcription of Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty piano duet
1890–1 Two Pieces (Valse, Romance) piano six hands
1890–1 Piece (Canon) in D minor piano
1890 "At the Gates of the Holy Cloister" solo voice and piano
1890 "Nothing Shall I Say You" solo voice and piano
1890 Deus Meus six-part mixed chorus
1890–1 Manfred, symphonic poem orchestra
1891 Suite in D minor orchestra
1891 Youth Symphony orchestra
1891 Prince Rostislav, symphonic poem orchestra
1891 Two Boris monologues solo voice and piano
1891 "C'etait en Avril" solo voice and piano
1891 "Dusk was Falling" solo voice and piano
1891 Prelude in F major piano
1891 Symphonic Movement in D minor orchestra
1891 Russian Rhapsody two pianos
1891–2 2 Two Pieces (Prelude, Danse Orientale) cello and piano
1892 Trio élégiaque in G minor violin, cello, and piano
1892 Aleko opera
1892 3 Cinq Morceaux de Fantaisie piano
No. 1, Élégie in E-flat minor
No. 2, Prélude in C-sharp minor
No. 3, Mélodie in E major (later revised)
No. 4, Polichinelle
No. 5, Serenade
1893 "Again you are Bestirred, my Heart"
1893 "Song of the Disenchanted," solo voice and piano
1893 "Do you Remember the Evening?" solo voice and piano
1893 "The Flower Died" solo voice and piano
1893 O Mother of God Perpetually Praying mixed chorus
1893 4 Six Songs solo voice and piano
"Oh No, I Beg You, Do Not Leave!"
"Morning"
"In the Silence of the Secret Night"
"Sing not, O Lovely One"
"Oh, My Corn Field!"
"It Was Not Long Ago, My Friend"
1893 5 Suite No. 1 (or Fantaisie-Tableaux) two pianos
1893 6 Deux Morceaux de Salon (Romance, Danse hongroise) violin and piano
1893 7 The Rock, symphonic poem orchestra
1893 8 Six Songs
"Water Lily"
"My Child, Your Beauty is That of a Flower"
"Thoughts, Reflections"
"I Fell in Love, To My Sorrow"
"A Dream"
"Prayer"
1893 9 Trio élégiaque No. 2, revised 1906 piano, violin, and cello
1893–4 10 Sept Morceaux de Salon piano
No. 1, Nocturne in A minor
No. 2, Valse in A major
No. 3, Barcarolle in G minor
No. 4, Mélodie in E minor
No. 5, Humoresque in G major
No. 6, Romance in F minor
No. 7, Mazurka in D-flat major
1894 Chorus of Spirits mixed chorus
1894 Song of the Nightingale four-part mixed chorus and piano
1894 Romance in G major piano duet
1894 11 Six Morceaux piano duet
No. 1, Barcarolle
No. 2, Scherzo
No. 3, Thème Russe
No. 4, Valse
No. 5, Romance
No. 6, Slava
1894 Two Don Juan Episodes orchestra
1894 12 Capriccio Bohémien orchestra
1895 13 Symphony No. 1 orchestra
1894–6 14 Twelve Songs
"I Await You"
"Small Island"
"How Fleeting is Delight in Love"
"I was with Her"
"Summer Nights"
"You are so Beloved by All"
"Do Not Believe me, Friend"
"Oh, do not Grieve"
"She is as Beautiful as Midday"
"In my Soul"
"Spring Torrents"
"It is Time!"
1895–6 15 Six Choruses for Women's or Children's Voices Women's or Children's chorus
Be Praised
Night
The Pine
The Waves Slumbered
Slavery
The Angel
1896 String Quartet No. 2 two violins, viola, and cello
1896 Four Improvisations (with Arensky, Glazunov, Taneyev) piano
1896 16 Six Moments Musicaux piano
No. 1 Andantino in B-flat minor
No. 2 Allegretto in E-flat minor
No. 3 Andante cantabile in B minor
No. 4 Presto in E minor
No. 5 Adagio sostenuto in D-flat major
No. 6 Maestoso in C major
1896 Transcription of Glazunov: Symphony No. 6 piano duet
1899 Morceau de Fantaisie in G minor piano
1899 Fughetta in F major piano
1899 Panteley the Healer mixed chorus
1899 "Were you Hiccupping?" solo voice and piano
1900 "Night" solo voice and piano
1900 Paraphrase of Bizet: Minuet from L'Arlésienne, revised 1922 piano
1900–1 17 Suite No. 2 two pianos
1900–1 18 Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor piano concerto
1901 19 Cello Sonata in G minor cello and piano
1902 20 Spring Cantata baritone solo, chorus, and orchestra
1900–2 21 Twelve Songs
"Fate"
"By a Fresh Grave"
"Twilight"
"They Replied"
"Lilacs"
"Fragment from 'de Musset'"
"How Peaceful"
"On the Death of a Linnet"
Melody"
"Before the Icon"
"I am not a Prophet"
"How Pained I am"
1903 22 Variations on a Theme of Chopin piano
1901–3 23 Ten Preludes piano
No. 1, in F-sharp minor
No. 2, in B-flat major
No. 3, in D minor
No. 4, in D major
No. 5, in G minor
No. 6, in E-flat major
No. 7, in C minor
No. 8, in A-flat major
No. 9, in E-flat minor
No. 10, in G-flat major
1903–5 24 The Miserly Knight opera
1904–5 25 Francesca da Rimini opera
1906 Salammbô opera
1906 Polka Italienne piano duet
1906 26 Fifteen Songs
"There are Many Sounds"
"All was Taken from Me"
"We shall Rest"
"Two Farewells"
"Let us Leave, my Sweet"
"Christ is Risen"
"To the Children"
"Beg for Mercy"
"I am Again Alone"
"At my Window"
"The Fountain"
"Night is Sorrowful"
"Yesterday we Met"
"The Ring"
"All Passes"
1906–7 27 Symphony No. 2 orchestra
1906–8 Monna Vanna opera
1908 28 Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor piano
1908 "Letter to Stanislavsky"
1909 29 The Isle of the Dead, symphonic poem orchestra
1909 30 Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor piano concerto
1910 31 Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom unaccompanied mixed chorus
1910 32 Thirteen Preludes piano
No. 1, in C major
No. 2, in B-flat minor
No. 3, in E major
No. 4, in E minor
No. 5, in G major
No. 6, in F minor
No. 7, in F major
No. 8, in A minor
No. 9, in A major
No. 10, in B minor
No. 11, in B major
No. 12, in G-sharp minor
No. 13, in D-flat major
1911 Transcription of Franz Behr:Lachtäubchen, Op. 303 (published as Polka de W.R.) piano
1911 33 Études-Tableaux
No. 1, in F minor
No. 2, in C major
No. 3, in C minor
No. 4, in D minor
No. 5, in E-flat minor
No. 6, in E-flat major
No. 7, in G minor
No. 8, in C-sharp minor
1910–2 34 Fourteen Songs
"The Muse"
"In the Soul of Each of Us"
"The Storm"
"The Migrant Wind"
"Arion"
"The Raising of Lazarus"
"It Cannot Be"
"Music"
"You Knew Him"
"I Remember that Day"
"The Herald"
"What Happiness"
"Dissonance"
"Vocalise"
1913 35 The Bells voice soloists, chorus, and orchestra
1913 36 Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, revised 1931 piano
1915 "From the Gospel of St. John" solo voice and piano
1915 37 All-Night Vigil unaccompanied mixed chorus
1916 "Prayer" solo voice and piano
1916 "All Things Wish to Sing" solo voice and piano
1916 38 Six Songs
"At Night in my Garden"
"To Her"
"Daisies"
"The Pied Piper"
"Sleep"
"A-oo!"
1916 39 Études-Tableaux piano
No. 1, in C minor
No. 2, in A minor
No. 3, in F-sharp minor
No. 4, in B minor
No. 5, in E-flat minor
No. 6, in A minor
No. 7, in C minor
No. 8, in D minor
No. 9, in D major
1917 Three Pieces (Prelude in D minor, Oriental Sketch, Fragments) piano
1918 Paraphrase of John Stafford Smith: The Star-Spangled Banner piano
1919 Cadenza for Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 piano
1921 Paraphrase of Kreisler: Liebesleid piano
1923 Paraphrase of Mussorgsky: Gopak from The Fair at Sorochyntsi piano
1925 Paraphrase of Schubert: Wohin? (D795/2) piano
1925 Paraphrase of Kreisler: Liebesfreud piano
1926 Paraphrase of Mussorgsky: Gopak from The Fair at Sorochyntsi piano and violin
1926 40 Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, revised 1941 piano concerto
1927 41 Three Russian Songs chorus and orchestra
1929 Paraphrase of Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee piano
1931 42 Variations on a Theme of Corelli piano
1933 Paraphrase of Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream piano
1934 Paraphrase of Bach: movements from Partita No. 3 in E major (BWV 1006) piano
1934 43 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini piano and orchestra
1936 44 Symphony No. 3 orchestra
1940 45 Symphonic Dances orchestra
1941 Paraphrase of Tchaikovsky: Lullaby piano

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