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#523802 - 06/27/04 02:18 PM Rachmaninoff Preludes
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Hey guys, can you all list the difficulty order of Rachmaninoff's preludes? How difficult is the gmin (op 24?)?

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#523803 - 06/27/04 05:57 PM Re: Rachmaninoff Preludes
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C# minor is the easiest.

Especially with big hands.

Good luck in anyone that you choose.
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#523804 - 06/27/04 06:04 PM Re: Rachmaninoff Preludes
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Actually there is a much easier piece and I think its in the Op.32 set :S

I don't know which number exactly, but I think its in F major (or probably F minor). Its full of chords, but its not as bad as Op.3 No.2 \:\)
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#523805 - 06/27/04 11:20 PM Re: Rachmaninoff Preludes
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My guess is you're thinking of the F Major, Op. 32#7, which is a wonderful piece. Also consider the b minor, Op. 32#10 and g# minor, Op. 32#12.

The g minor is also a possibility (it's in Op. 23 btw), as is the D Major, assuming you can handle 2-against-3 rhythms okay. (If you've done the first Debussy arabesque, you'll be fine...)
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#523806 - 06/27/04 11:23 PM Re: Rachmaninoff Preludes
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Originally posted by love the late romantics:
C# minor is the easiest.
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Just because the C# minor is the one every beginner starts with doesn't mean it is the easiest.

I have played Op. 3 #2, Op. 23 #1,4,5 and Op. 32 # 5, 10 and 11.

For me, 23/4 and 32/5 were the least difficult, while 32/10 remains my favourite to play.
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#523807 - 06/27/04 11:31 PM Re: Rachmaninoff Preludes
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so what would u guys consider as the most difficult preluide?

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#523808 - 06/28/04 12:16 AM Re: Rachmaninoff Preludes
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op. 3 #2, op. 23 #4, op. 32 #5, op.23 #10 are all off limits for me... we're trying to decide on one thats relatively difficult. We may do the g-min.. but i hate chords.

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#523809 - 06/28/04 12:18 AM Re: Rachmaninoff Preludes
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oh btw. As in terms of my skill level.. i just finished (well about to.. im performing next friday) the Waldstein first movement.. but the 2nd+3rd is too long for me to fit into 6 weeks. So we gotta find something short that I can fit into 4 or 5 weeks that I can perform.

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#523810 - 06/28/04 01:03 AM Re: Rachmaninoff Preludes
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Hard to say which is the most difficult. I'll vote for Eb minor, e minor, f minor, and Db Major.
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#523811 - 06/28/04 01:28 AM Re: Rachmaninoff Preludes
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holy sh*t. The Eb minor is freaking... Wow. That difficulty level is just Sky High. I mean.. who can play all of those intervals.... at PRESTO. Jeez.

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#523812 - 06/30/04 05:19 PM Re: Rachmaninoff Preludes
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Well I thought that it was fairly easy to play but then again it fit in very well with my playing style. Nice big chords, the middle part isnt that bad as long as you play it slowly at first and make sure that you have the best fingering, and then speed it up.

Good luck with Eb minor ;\) ....... wow!
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#523813 - 06/30/04 06:55 PM Re: Rachmaninoff Preludes
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wait wait wait. im not playing the Eb minor! lol. That would be insane. >.<. I'm gonna play the nice and smooth Eb Major. = )

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#523814 - 06/30/04 07:04 PM Re: Rachmaninoff Preludes
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In Op. 23 I've studied Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6 and 10, and in Op. 32, Nos. 1, 5, 7, 9, and 10. (I should also include Op. 3, No. 2 I guess.) Someday I hope to do the rest of the preludes. I've always believed that anything that Rachmaninoff wrote is difficult, primarily because he composed these works for himself, not for other pianists (or mere mortals). Also, each Prelude, not unlike the Chopin Etudes, features completely different technical demands. In general, I do believe that Op. 32, for the most part, is the more challenging of the two sets.

I should mention here too the Prelude in D, Op. Posthumous. I have a recording and the sheet music, but my "jury" is still out on it.

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