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Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (Russian: Сергей Васильевич Рахманинов), (1 April 1873 — 28 March 1943), was a Russian-American composer, pianist, and conductor. He was one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, very nearly the last great representative of Russian late Romanticism in classical music. Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and other Russian composers gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom which included a pronounced lyricism, expressive breadth, structural ingenuity and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors.

The piano features prominently in Rachmaninoff's compositional output, either as a solo instrument or as part of an ensemble. He made it a point to use his own skills as a performer to explore fully the instrument's expressive possibilities. Even in his earliest works, he revealed a sure grasp of idiomatic piano writing and a striking gift for melody.


Most famous for his Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, as well as his piano-solo Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2. The third concerto was featured in the movie Shine, for what it's worth.

He is mentioned as being dead in the song "Decomposing Composers" by Michael Palin sang on Monty Python's Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album.

He had big hands.


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