Last week, we heard an excerpt of finale in Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto. However, that was only a small fragment of this gargantuan work which consists of 3 movements, with recordings lasting around 35 minutes in length. You may be surprised to find that the opening of this piece is a dramatic contrast to the joyous finale of last week. Over the course of 60+ pages and 35 minutes is an intense emotional journey that you can be whatever you decide it to be. Personally, I found this piece entirely captivating from the first moment until the last. For this week's listening activity, we will focus on 0:45-5:40. Please feel free to continue listening if you wish!
- What do are the emotions at the beginning of the piece and what are the emotions at the end of the piece (from last week)? Make a up a story of the journey of moving from one to the other.
- There are 2 different themes in this excerpt - the first played by orchestra and the second played by piano. These 2 themes also feature a dramatic mood shift. What are the different moods and what do you think this is about? You can make up a story, describe a scene or picture etc.