The work was finished after the famous Second Piano Concerto. Rachmaninoff was never able to revise the cantata's orchestration as he had intended.
The work is based on a poem by Nikolay Nekrasov and describes the return of the Zelyoniy shum, or "green rustle". The poem tells of a husband who, fraught with murderous thoughts towards his unfaithful wife during the winter season, is ultimately freed from his frustration and choler by the return of spring.
- Griffiths, Steve. "Spring Promise". The Musical Times. Musical Times Publications Ltd. 1994.
- Reither, Joseph. "Chronicle of Exile". Tempo. Cambridge University press. 1951.