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Sergei Rachmaninoff


Celebrated Russian pianist, conductor, and composer who was simply among the last Passionate artists in Russian traditional music. His first compositions were created while he was students in the Moscow Conservatory, like the pieces that could comprise Piano Concerto No. 1, Youngsters Symphony, Prince Rostislav, that was a symphonic poem, as well as the Rock, that was an orchestral fantasia. He fled Russia due to the 1917 Russian Trend and spent annually carrying out in Scandinavia, ultimately coming to america where his last years will be artistically and individually fulfilling. His mom offered him piano lessons starting at four, but after his skill became obvious, his grandfather insisted that he receive formal piano teaching, getting Anna Ornatskaya down from Saint Petersburg for quite some time. He wedded Natalia Alexandrovna Silk on, may 12, 1902, plus they parented two kids collectively. His Rhapsody on a style of Paganini was regularly quoted and sampled in additional works, like the traditional 1980 romantic technology fiction film Someplace in Time, that was compiled by Richard Matheson.

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Full Name Sergei Rachmaninoff
Date Of Birth April 1, 1873
Died March 28, 1943, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Place Of Birth Russia
Height 1.98 m
Profession Pianist
Education Moscow Conservatory, Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Piano Concerto No. 2, Vocalise, Piano Concerto No. 3
Nationality American, Russian, Piano Concerto No. 2, Vocalise, Piano Concerto No. 3
Spouse Natalia Alexandrovna Satina
Children Irina Rachmaninova, Tatiana Rachmaninova, Piano Concerto No. 2, Vocalise, Piano Concerto No. 3
Parents Vasily Arkadyevich Rachmaninoff, Lyubov Petrovna Butakova, Piano Concerto No. 2, Vocalise, Piano Concerto No. 3
Siblings Sofia Rachmaninova, Yelena Rachmaninova, Varvara Rachmaninova, Vladimir Rachmaninoff, Arkadiy Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 2, Vocalise, Piano Concerto No. 3
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Nominations Porin Award for Best Foreign Classical Music Album
Movies Piano Concerto No. 2, Vocalise, Piano Concerto No. 3, Brief Encounter, September Affair, Garçon stupide, Singapore Sling, Rhapsody, Anna Karenina, Elder Son, La Soufrière, Romance, Aleko, Whisperings and Lies, A Man Who Ate His Cherries, Confession, Nine Stairwells Together, El Paso del Héroe y el Círculo de los Deseos, Armenia, The Magic Of Writes, Happy Birthday, The Projectionist
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1His favorite piano was Hamburg Steinway concert model D-274. He bought several concert Steinways for himself: one for his villa in Switzerland, two for his home in New York, and two for his home in Los Angeles.
2Always had a piano technician traveling with him, because he refused to touch a poorly maintained piano. He used to say that in order to make a great performance you need a great piano. He had a similar attention to his cars: he hired a personal car mechanic for custom care about his two luxury cars.
3Had two Steinway concert grand pianos at his home in Los Angeles, where he entertained his Hollywood guests playing concerts together with his friend Vladimir Horowitz.
4The Eric Carmen song "All By Myself" borrows a melody from Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto. Another Carmen song, "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again", is based on his 2nd symphony.
5His surname has also been spelled Rachmaninoff.
6He and legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz were best friends.
7Performances of his famous work, Prelude in C-sharp minor, were so often demanded by the public that he grew tired of playing it.
8He was the first living pianist composer to make recordings of all his piano concertos, with himself as soloist.
9He was possibly the greatest pianist of the early 20th century. During his lifetime, he was as famous for being a pianist as for being a composer.



Der atmende Gott: Reise zum Ursprung des modernen Yoga2012Documentary performer: "Prelude Op. 32, No. 5" / writer: "Prelude Op. 32, No. 5"
13 Steps2012Video music: "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, I. Moderato"
Psych2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Bolshoi Ballet: Live from Moscow2011TV Series music - 1 episode
Glee2009-2011TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Mildred Pierce2011TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Limitless2011/Iwriter: "Prelude, Op.3: No.2 in C Sharp Minor"
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
Maho Shojo Madoka Magica2011TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Byron Janis Story2010TV Movie documentary music: "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini", "Concerto #2 in C Minor, Op. 18", "Prelude #6 in E-Flat, Op. 23", "Piano Concerto #1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 1", "Piano Concerto #3 in D-Minor" - as Rachmaninoff
Hereafter2010writer: "Piano Concerto #2" 1900-01
One Afternoon2010Short writer: "Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14"
The Karate Kid2010arranger: "Flight of the Bumblebee"
30 Rock2010TV Series writer - 1 episode
20 to 12009TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Everybody Hates Chris2007-2009TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Bedtime Stories2008writer: "All By Myself"
MusicalMENT2008TV Movie writer: "Mirant el cel"
Joue pour moi2008Short music: "Prelude Op. 23 No 4 D-dur - Andante Cantabile", "Concert No 2 c-moll, Op. 18, pt 1", "Vocalise Op. 34 No 14" - as Sergueï Rachmaninoff
Spisok korabley2008Documentary writer: "Etude a-moll, op. 39 No. 2"
Superhero Movie2008writer: "All By Myself"
Eterna Magia2007TV Series writer: "Concerto Nº02 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op.18" - as Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff
Patinando por un sueño2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Teardrop2007Short writer: "Piano Concerto #2 selection" - as Serge Rachmaninov
It Takes Two2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Spider-Man 32007writer: "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18, 2nd Movement"
Clatterford2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
Stille2006/IIShort writer: "Moments Musicaux, Op.16: No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Andantino" - as Segei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff
The History Boys2006writer: "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor - Adagio Sostenuto"
Horobicheu-reul wihayeo2006"Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18"
Meine verrückte türkische Hochzeit2006TV Movie writer: "All By Myself"
The Exorcism of Emily Rose2005writer: "Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 in C Sharp Minor" 1887
Nearing Grace2005writer: "All by Myself"
Rory O'Shea Was Here2004writer: "Praise the Lord, O My Soul" From "Vespers" Op. 37
Yes2004/Iwriter: "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18"
Antares2004writer: "Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor op.30"
Concerto Número Três2004Short music: "Concerto Número Três para Piano em Ré Menor"
Shrek 22004writer: "All By Myself" 1975
My Date with Drew2004Documentary writer: "All By Myself"
Dawn of the Dead2004writer: "All By Myself" - as Sergei Rachmaninoff
Comedy Lab2002TV Series 1 episode
Bad Company2002writer: "Moments Musicaux Op. 16"
The Accident2001Short as S. Rachmaninov, "Vocalese"
To kvinder2001Short writer: "Piano Concerto No. 2, First Movement"
That '70s Show2001TV Series writer - 1 episode
Bridget Jones's Diary2001writer: "All by Myself" - as Rachmaninoff
The Mark of Cain2001Documentary writer: "Isle of the Dead" - as Rachmaninov / writer: "Lord Have Mercy", "Grant Us This O Lord"
Down to Earth2001"All By Myself"
Antitrust2001writer: "Prelude No. 5 in G Major, Opus 32"
Forgive Me Father2001"The Andante from Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor"
Aleph, lectures contades2001TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Price of Milk2000music: "Isle of the Dead" - as Serge Rachmaninov
Small Time Crooks2000writer: "Prelude in B minor opus 32, #10"
La captive2000music: "L'ILE DES MORTS, Op 29"
Center Stage2000music: "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18" excerpts
Friends1996-2000TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Me Myself I1999writer: "All By Myself" 1975
Wisconsin Death Trip1999"Oh, Never Sing to Me Again"
Ronin1998writer: "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Variation 18"
Stiff Upper Lips1998as Sergei Rachmaninov, "Piano Concerto No.2"
Half Baked1998writer: "All By Myself"
La herida luminosa1997"Concierto nº 2 para piano en C menor Opus 18"
My Best Friend's Wedding1997writer: "Khvalitye Imya Gospodnye Praise the Name of the Lord"
The Last Way Out1997writer: "Isle Of The Dead"
Anna Karenina1997writer: "Vespers, Op. 37/2", "Vespers, Op. 37/5", "Trio Élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor", "Elegie, Op. 3/1", "Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 36", "Prelude in F Sharp Minor, Op. 23/1"
The Mirror Has Two Faces1996writer: "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Opus 18"
National Achievement Day1996Short writer: "The Vespers" - as Sergei Rachmaninov
Long Vacation1996TV Series writer: "18th Variation from Rhapsody on a Thema of Paganini op.43" - as Rachmaninov
Shine1996arranger: "Flight Of The Bumble Bee" / writer: "Piano Concerto No 3 In D Minor, Opus 30", "Prelude In C Sharp Minor, Opus 3, No. 2"
Sabrina1995"Rapsodie on a Theme of Paganini, 18th Variation"
Clueless1995"ALL BY MYSELF"
To Die For1995writer: "ALL BY MYSELF"
Freunde fürs Leben1995TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ulrike Marie Meinhof1994Documentary writer: "Prelude op.32 no5" - as Rachmaninov
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey1993Documentary writer: "Vocalise" - as Rachmaninoff
Briefest Encounter1993TV Movie writer: "Piano Concerto No. 2"
Groundhog Day1993writer: "Eighteenth Variation from Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"
Equinox1992writer: "SYMPHONIC DANCES - OPUS 45" - as Sergej Rachmaninov
Sjans1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dead Again1991"Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"
Singapore sling: O anthropos pou agapise ena ptoma1990writer: "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini", "Piano Concerto No.3"
Harry and Harriet1990writer: "Never knew love like this before" - as Sergey Rachmaninov
Screen Two1989TV Series music - 1 episode
The Fruit Machine1988music: "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C" - uncredited
Kiss Daddy Goodnight1987"Piano Concerto #1 in F Sharp Minor"
Horowitz in Moscow1986TV Movie documentary as Rachmaninov, "Prelude in G Major Op.32 No.5"
Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic1985TV Movie documentary music: "Prelude in Gis-Dur. Opus 32. No. 12" - as Rachmaninow
The Beiderbecke Affair1985TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
Shackin' Up1984writer: "Rachmaninoff Preludes"
Bullshot Crummond1983music: "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C" - uncredited
Des femmes pour Gourpanof1983writer: "All by Myself" - uncredited
Somewhere in Time1980writer: "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43, Variation XVIII Andante Cantabile"
Top of the Pops1976-1979TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Killer of Sheep1978writer: "Piano Concerto # 4" - as Rachmaninoff
The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Meal1975music: "Prelude In E-Flat Major" - as Rachmaninoff
Anyone But My Husband1975writer: "Piano Concerto #2" - uncredited
Stenansiktet1973writer: "Konsert, piano, orkester, nr 2, op. 18, c-moll"
The Spoils of Poynton1970TV Mini-Series "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18", uncredited
Nostra signora dei turchi1968writer: "Piano Concerto No. 2"
Interlude1968writer: "Excerpts From Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 - 3rd Movement"
Reflections in a Golden Eye1967music: "Elegie Op. 3, No.1" - uncredited
Doctor Zhivago1965writer: "Prelude in G minor, Op.23-5" 1901 - uncredited
La nuit écoute1964TV Series short music - 1 episode
The World of Henry Orient1964"Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18"
The Indian Scarf1963writer: "Op. 3 No. 2 In C Sharp Minor"
Make Room for Daddy1961TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Bolshoi Ballet1957writer: "Spring Water"
The Seven Year Itch1955writer: "Piano Concerto #2" 1900-01 - uncredited
Rhapsody1954music: "Concerto #2 In C Minor For Piano And Orchestra"
The Bob Hope Show1954TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Story of Three Loves1953writer: "Rhapsody On a Theme of Paganini"
September Affair1950music: "Piano Concerto No. 2" - uncredited
Carnegie Hall1947music: "Vocalise" - uncredited
I've Always Loved You1946music: "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor", "Prelude in C-sharp Minor"
Holiday in Mexico1946music: "I Think of You", "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor" - uncredited
Brief Encounter1945writer: "Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2."
Battle for Music1945"Piano Concerto No. 2 in C", uncredited
The Battle of China1944Documentary music: "Isle of the Dead" - uncredited
Tunisian Victory1944Documentary music: "Piano Concerto No 2 In C" - uncredited
Adventure for Two1943music: "Prelude in C-Sharp Minor" - uncredited
Hit the Ice1943writer: "Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op.3 No.2" 1887 - uncredited
A Day at the Races1937music: "Prelude in C-Sharp Minor" 1892 - uncredited
The Scoundrel1935music: "Piano Concerto No. 2" - uncredited
Buddy the Detective1934Short music: "Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 in C sharp minor" - uncredited
Isham Jones & His Orchestra1934Short music: "Prélude" - uncredited
Rachmaninov's Prelude1932Short music: "Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op.3 No.2"
Doctor X1932music: "Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op.3 No.2" 1887 - uncredited
Grand Hotel1932/Iwriter: "Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18" 1900-01 - uncredited
The Big Paraders1929Short music: "Prelude in C Sharp Minor" - uncredited
Synthetic Sin1929music: "Prelude" - uncredited
Darker Than You Thinkwriter: "Isle of the Dead Op 29" announced
Bridget Jones's Baby2016writer: "All By Myself"
Independent Lens2016TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Zootopia2016writer: "All By Myself" - as Serge Rachmaninoff
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014-2016TV Series music - 7 episodes
Jeff Kristian: You're There2015Video short writer: "You're There"
Les vendredis d'Apostrophes2015TV Movie documentary music: "Concerto pour piano no1"
Tu cara me suena2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Yelena2015Short writer: "Prelude in C Sharp Minor" - as Rachmaninoff
P.O.V.2015TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Coronation Street2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Tale of Love and Darkness2015"Women's Dance from Aleko" Excerpt
The Party Is Over2015writer: "Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor"
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Good Wife2015TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso2015TV Series arranger - 1 episode
Simon Says2015/IIShort writer: "Piano Concerto No.2, Op.18"
Mozart in the Jungle2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
40142014Short music: "Prelude Op. 23 No. 7" - as Sergei Rachmaninov
Mike & Mike2014TV Series music - 1 episode
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)2014writer: "Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27 Movements 1 and 2 Largo, Allegro Moderato"
Altman2014Documentary music: "Piano Concerto No.2" - uncredited
Ad Nauseam2014"Prelude No. 5 in G# Minor"
La voix des steppes2014music: "Vocalise"
Stella cadente2014writer: "Piano Concerto Nº2. in C Minor" - as Sergej Rachmaninov
Alive Inside2014Documentary writer: "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation XVIII: Andante cantabile"
Nikolina & Tomislav, Nikolina & Tomislav2013Short music: "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" 1934
The Devil's Violinist2013writer: "Paganini Variations - Rachmaninov", "Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2"
Diana2013writer: "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor" - as Sergei Rachmaninov
Mayakovskiy. Dva dnya2013TV Mini-Series writer - 1 episode
L'esprit de L'escalier2012Short music: "Morceaux de fantaisie, Op. 3, No. 2: Prelude in C-Sharp Minor"
Life2012/IIIShort writer: "Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, I. Moderato"
E a Vida Continua...2012writer: "Ilha dos Mortos Suite da Sinfonia Nº. 1" - as Sergey Rachmaninov
To the Wonder2012writer: "The Isle of the Dead, Op.29"
Take Me Out2012TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Ben Stevenson: A Choreographer & His Muses2012Documentary writer: "Rachmaninoff's Preludes 1, 9 and 10"



Darkness There2009Short
Gothic Romance2009Short
Devyat prolyotov vmeste2006Short as Sergey Rakhmaninov
Alguna tristeza2006Documentary short as Sergey Rakhmaninov
Etüden op. 182005
Epilogue2005Video short
Garçon stupide2004
Burevestnik2004TV Short
The Ecchoing Green2003Short
El narrador de la historia1995Short
Aleko/Kashchey the Immortal1987music by
Vor dem Tag1978Short
The Lively Arts1977TV Series documentary 1 episode
Starshiy syn1976TV Movie as Sergei Rakhmaninov
The Broken Wings1964
Rasskazy o Lenine1958as S. Rakhmaninov
Playhouse 901958TV Series 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

In Search of the Great Song2016Documentary composer: additional music
Shakespeare in the Shadows2016Short music
El sabor salado de las lágrimas2015stock music
Unspoken Words2015TV Series stock music
Interiors in Search of a Resident2014Short music
Om de wereld in 50 concerten2014Documentary featured music
I'm Still Here2010/IIsongs
The Legacy2009/IIDocumentary composer: stock music
Joue pour moi2008Short music - as Sergeï Rachmaninoff
The Cinderella Syndrome2007Short composer: theme music
The Miserly Knight/Gianni Schicchi2005TV Series music by: "The Miserly Knight"
Yee yan saam chuk2002stock music
Gala aus Berlin1997TV Special music: "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43"
Enigma de mujer1956composer: themes
Aleko1953music by

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The Harvest of Sorrow1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Golden Twenties1950DocumentaryHimself

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