Today we’re going to discuss American music history. Obviously it’s a huge topic, so what I intend to do today is an overview-video, and fill in the blanks in more detail in future videos.
In today’s video, we’re going to explore the hardest piano music, Rachmaninoff edition. Rachmaninoff’s piano repertoire is overwhelmingly in the “difficult” category, and a good number of his pieces could be considered among the most difficult piano music ever.
What we’re going to do today is discuss his most difficult music and listen through a few musical examples. Let’s get started!
Chopin and Liszt, two wildly popular Romantic-era composers, could best be described as “frenemies”. They were both excellent pianists who were wildly revered, but were basically different in every way. Liszt was all flair and virtuosity; Chopin was delicate and subtle, seldom playing louder than a mezzo forte.
In today’s video, we’re going to take a look at the music of Rachmaninoff – specifically, 6 favorites that I picked out. Some of these selections are among his most famous compositions, and others are ones that I personally quite enjoy.
These six selections should give you a good understanding of Rachmaninoff’s sound and style. I highly encourage you to check out the full versions of these selections.
Let’s get started!
Today we’re looking at the easiest Rachmaninoff pieces for piano. It’s our latest installment for the “easiest of” series. We’ve done many other composers, including Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, and Debussy, but haven’t yet talked about the easiest Rachmaninoff pieces. Mainly because the idea of “easy” Rachmaninoff is kind of a joke!