Dreaming of Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff pictured here was one of the most virtuosic pianists of the 19th century.

Most people my age have no idea who Sergei Rachmaninoff is, have ever heard his music, or even considered that his music has influenced such modern music.

I am a mere eighteen years old, but there is something very odd about my musical tastes.

My friends and fellow millennials have little to no knowledge of the music that came before their time. They listen to their electronic smashups and the auto tuned vocals that can make anyone who possesses vocal chords to become a superstar. It’s a sad yet very remarkable truth that plagues the youth of today. There is little to no talent within these individuals making modern music. I’m not saying all music today is total and complete trash, some young and inspiring musicians use their talents to their full potential. Back in a time where the talent and virtuosic nature existed, now exists something very unpredictable.

 His music used the elements of Russian Folk Music and this mad complexity in arrangement and composition to create an outburst of sounds unheard by the modern world.

I am a mere eighteen years old, but there is something very odd about my musical tastes. I prefer the musical genius of such Romantic and Neo Romantic musicians. When I say Romantic, I don’t literally mean it. Not any of this lovey dovey, Taylor Swift commercialized crap. When I mean Romantic, I mean the ultimate expression of ones self that is reflected through the music.

His mere observations are still very true about the music today:

The new kind of music seems to create not from the heart but from the head. Its composers think rather than feel. They have not the capacity to make their works exalt – they meditate, protest, analyze, reason, calculate and brood, but they do not exalt.

Real music is the heartbreak of life’s ultimate redemption, and if you listen to real Romanitic Music, you’ll know what I mean. Take the whole point of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. He had severe depression and profound writers’ block due to the critics who bashed the performance of premiere of his infamous First Symphony. He hadn’t written a single piece of music, and that was very hard on him. It wasn’t until he visited hypnotherapist Nikolai Vladimirovich Dahl that cured his depression and writers’ block. In return, Rachmaninoff wrote “the best” piece of music ever written. The Second Piano Concerto.

  Rachmaninoff’s use of the orchestra to its full potential, and the whirlwind of color from the complexity his pianistic compositions all melts in your ears as your mind starts to drift in a dream where nobody has ever ventured to.

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a very talented and a master of his craft. His music used the elements of Russian Folk Music and this mad complexity in arrangement and composition to create an outburst of sounds unheard by the modern world. Just hear it for yourself. If you want a more quality recording, click here. His use of counterpoint is astounding, and it feels like the music itself is taking your mind and soul on this emotional rollercoaster up and down, up and down. It is within this unpredictable ride that causes this uncanny attraction to this music. Rachmaninoff’s use of the orchestra to its full potential, and the whirlwind of color from the complexity his pianistic compositions all melts in your ears as your mind starts to drift in a dream where nobody has ever ventured to. Ergo, Dreaming of Rachmaninoff

I dare you to do so.

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