Suite No. 2 (Rachmaninoff)
Suite No. 2, Op. 17, is a composition for two pianos by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
This work was composed in Italy in the first months of 1901, and like the famous second piano concerto, Op.18, it confirms the comeback of the creativity of the composer after four years of silence since the flop of his first symphony. The Suite was first performed on November 24, 1901, by the composer and his cousin Alexander Siloti.
I. Introduction (Alla marcia, in C major)
II. Valse (Presto, in G major)
III. Romance (Andantino, in A flat major)
IV. Tarantelle (Presto, in C minor)
The most famous performance of this piece was in Los Angeles in the early 1940s, just before Rachmaninoff died. He and Vladimir Horowitz were at a party and played the piece, the first and only time they ever did.
Perhaps surprisingly, given that Rachmaninoff wrote orchestral and two-piano versions of his Symphonic Dances, which is effectively a three-movement symphony, no one has orchestrated this Suite as a possible symphony.
- Tranchefort, François-Rene (1987). Guide de la musique de piano et de clavecin. Fayard.
- Suite No. 2 for two pianos: Free scores at the International Music Score Library Project
- Performance by Robert Levin & Ya-Fei Chuang from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in MP3 format
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