April 2nd: Rock with Rachmaninoff

In honour of Sergei Rachmaninoff's birthday (born April 1st, 1873) this week's listening will feature 2 of his compositions!

1) S. Rachmaninoff/Igor Roma, Italian Polka

A theme by Rachmaninoff arranged by Igor Roma for duet.  Enjoy the fun 4 hands performance!

  • Would you like to play a duet in the future?  Why or why not?
  • Coordinating your playing with another person is no easy task!  What are some important things to keep in mind if you were to play a duet?


2) S. Rachmaninoff, Moments Musicaux, op. 16 no. 4 Presto

The piano developed and grew dramatically through history.  One of the changes this allowed was music with a much wider dynamic range - something Rachmaninoff clearly made use of, moving to from FFF to pp (pianissimo) in only 2 bars.  Enjoy this exciting rollercoaster ride!


  • Can you find how many "p's" are in the quietest piano spots?  How many "F's" are in the biggest forte?