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Post-Christmas Thoughts on Rachmaninoff

padmejyh's picture
on December 25, 2010 - 11:10pm

Dear Josh,

A few thoughts that I haven't really found a place for on your site that I'd like to share, in the event that in a moment of boredom you decide to browse the journals in lieu of practicing your newly honed hula-hooping skills. :P

You mention Rachmaninoff in association with Per Te, and since Rach is my all-time favorite composer, just wanted to say that I hear it very much in Broken Vow. The piano intro is very reminiscent of Rach's Prelude in D major, Op. 23, No. 4. The orchestral interlude has the lyrical section of the first movement of Rach's Piano Concerto No. 2 written all over it. Rach's Piano Concerto No. 2 is my all-time favorite piece ever, which is why even though I find the heartbreak in Broken Vow, well, heartbreaking, it's one of my favorites because the music is so beautiful.