Vocalise (Rachmaninoff)

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Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14, is a song by Sergei Rachmaninoff, composed and published in 1915 as the last of his "Fourteen Songs", Op. 34.[1] Written for high voice (soprano or tenor) with piano accompaniment, it contains no words, but is sung using any one vowel (of the singer's choosing). It was dedicated to soprano Antonina Nezhdanova.

The song was used in the OST of Puella Magi Madoka Magica.


Although the original publication stipulates that the song may be sung by either soprano or tenor voice, it is usually performed by a soprano. It is sometimes transposed into a variety of keys, allowing performers to choose a vocal range more suitable to their natural voice, so that artists who may not have the higher range of a soprano can perform the song.[citation needed]


Performed by Roxana Pavel Goldstein (violin) and Monica Goldstein (piano)

Rachmaninoff conducts his own arrangement for orchestra (Philadelphia Orchestra)

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Vocalise has been arranged for many different instrument combinations. Examples are:

For/with orchestra[edit]

For chamber ensemble[edit]

For solo instrument and piano[edit]

For solo instrument[edit]



  1. ^ "What's new on Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 'Vocalise'". Henle.de. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ Mclennan, Pam (8 July 2014). "Thorwald Jørgensen: Good Vibrations Make the Music (+Video)". Epoch Times. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 

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