The G Minor Prelude was composed in 1901 and first performed by the composer in Moscow in 1903. From his studies at the Moscow Conservatory where his talents were recognized by Tchaikovsky to his settlement in the United States, Serge Rachmaninoff delivered performances and wrote compositions that reflected his Russian heritage. The Prelude is characterized by a march-like movement in the opening and closing sections, contrasted by a middle section that explores a beautiful lyrical theme. The Prelude in G Minor requires technical assuredness and the ability to project the passion in the music as well as the soaring romantic thematic material that is so evident in much of Rachmaninoff’s music.
Performed by Daniel Graham
Produced and Directed by Damion Dormeyer