Rachmaninoff’s “Elegie” is personally one of the most emotional pieces I have ever played, to the point where I found it incredibly difficult to play unless I was in an overwhelming emotional state. In a way, my active emotions would act as a direct link to my rendition of the piece, allowing for the melodic lines and gentle phrases to be better interpreted. The opening of this work is perhaps the most crucial moment; the first note of the main theme must be played at a perfect velocity to establish precedent for the rest of the theme. As you transition into the climactic middle section, the heaviness and intensity of it acts as an outlet for emotions. Ending with a recapitulation of the first theme and another climactic ending, the second half of the Elegie combines both intensities and creates an assertive, powerful ending.

As you take a look at the photo, you will notice that it is just a pastel color. From the moment I first heard this piece and needed to play it, this was the color I not only saw, but felt like an emotion.

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    Dr. Marcia Bosits
    Dr. Marcia Bosits(@marcia-bosits)
    10 months ago

    Picture This artwork is a block of pastel color. You did describe it as representing the piece for you in a general, emotional way.However, some of us might find that a uniform, unvarying palette lacks the intensity and climatic aspects of the Rachmaninoff piece you are presenting. Intro You gave a valid description of the structure of the piece as it relates to its musical contour. We do become interested in a… Read more »

    Last edited 10 months ago by Dr. Marcia Bosits
    Julie Harris
    Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
    11 months ago

    I’m so glad you’re sharing this particular piece with the world, Alex. As you said, it is seething with emotions, and has quite an impact on the listener as well as the performer. Your performance is impeccable, and it’s a delight to hear you play. I thought you got the first note of the theme just right. The piano is such a challenging instrument to play, with the notes decaying as soon… Read more »

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    11 months ago

    Hello, Alex. I love the intense emotions you draw me in while looking at and listening to your performance. Lovely presentation. Well done. 

    Lola Mestas
    Lola Mestas(@lola-mestas)
    11 months ago

    I love the feeling you put into the piece.

    Myles Spencer
    Myles Spencer(@myles-spencer)
    10 months ago

    Alex, I have been a fan of yours since your performance of the Lark ascending in the last contest. You play so beautifully, and it is always so refreshing to hear. Your music has a sound that is not crafted in the practice room or in knowledge of technique, though these things amplify it and polish it to make it shine, but is only born out of a deep passion and love… Read more »

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