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Rachmaninoff, Sergey Vasilyevich
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(Apr 1, 1873, Semyonovo – Mar 28, 1943, Beverly Hills, CA), Russian composer, pianist, and director. His mother gave him his first piano lessons; from 1882 he studied piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and from 1895 with Nikolai Zverev. In 1888 he began studying composition in Moscow with Sergey Taneyev and Anton Arensky. He composed his earliest works in 1890 (Piano Concerto no. 1, Prelude in C# Minor, a one-act opera Aleko as an examination piece). The concerto’s failure brought on a deep depression, for which he underwent psychotherapy. In 1…

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Konold, Wulf, “Rachmaninoff, Sergey Vasilyevich”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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