Relocating Rachmaninoff – Russia’s Plea to Move Rachmaninoff Back to Russia

A recent plea from Russia’s Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky wants Sergei Rachmaninoff to be reburied at his childhood estate – Ivanovka in the Novgorod Region.

Rachmaninoff, who died on March 28, 1943 originally wished to be buried at his Villa Senar estate, but because of the ongoing war, he was enterred at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.

According to the composers late grandson Alexandre Rachmaninoff, it was his best intention and his grandfather’s to relocate his remains to his Estate, Villa Senar near Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. Here is where the great composer lived an extensive period of his life composing some of his great works such as his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the Third Symphony. He also grew to find the Bauhaus styled estate close to his childhood one, where Rachmaninoff himself found the only place that resembled home away from home.

Rachmaninoff’s great-great granddaughter Sophia Wannamaker told the BBC about theĀ current family’s wishes:

We are not planning to go against his will, so his remains will stay where they were buried.

It looks like Rachmaninoff will remain at Kensico, but who knows – it’s best to leave the resting where they belong.