Sergei Rachmaninov (also spelled Rachmaninoff) was a
legendary Russian composer and pianist who emigrated
after the Communist revolution of 1917, and became one
of the highest paid concert stars of his time, and one
of the most influential pianists of the 20th
Written in 1892, the "Elegy" in Eb Minor begins with
mournful, melancholic melody, always moving on the
off-beat, that gradually builds in intensity in 3rds
and 6ths. A warm, comforting melody wells up from the
bass and slowly builds to a soaring climax.
The music crashes back down to earth and almost dies
out, before the first theme re-emerges, even more
beautiful and sad than before. It concludes with one
last struggle and a final collapse.
Although this piece was originally written for Piano, I
adapted this work for solo Concert (Pedal) Harp.