What was the state of piano technology at the time Sergei Rachmaninoff was writing and performing?
How did Rachmaninoff’s younger years as a musician impact his future?
What is the relationship between Rachmaninoff’s composition style and the technical capabilities of the piano?
Sergei Rachmaninoff’s piano music is full of athletic demands: big jumps, expansive chords in both hands, and fast-moving octaves. In addition to the imagination and technical skill that informed his compositions, the technology of the “modern” pianos upon which Rachmaninoff played contributed to what was possible. Exploring the mechanics of the piano, his thoughts shared through personal letters, and the music itself, Canvas offered its audience a glimpse into the genius of Sergei Rachmaninoff.