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Serge Rachmaninoff: Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42. Rachmaninoff, Serge

Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op.42


Serge Rachmaninoff  (1873 - 1943)



Publisher Belwin Mills Music
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A set of variations for solo piano, written in 1931 by the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. He composed them at his holiday home in Switzerland.

The theme is La Folia, which was not in fact composed by Arcangelo Corelli, but was used by him in 1700 as the basis for 23 variations in his Sonata for violin, violone, and harpsichord in D minor, Op. 5, No. 12. La Folia was popularly used as the basis for variations in Baroque music. Franz Liszt had used the same theme in his Rhapsodie espagnole. S. 254 (1863).

Rachmaninoff dedicated the work to his friend the violinist Fritz Kreisler.

  • Theme. Andante
  • Variation 1. Poco piu mosso
  • Variation 2. L'istesso tempo
  • Variation 3. Tempo di Minuetto
  • Variation 4. Andante
  • Variation 5. Allegro (ma non tanto)
  • Variation 6. L'istesso tempo
  • Variation 7. Vivace
  • Variation 8. Adagio misterioso
  • Variation 9. Un poco piu mosso
  • Variation 10. Allegro scherzando
  • Variation 11. Allegro vivace
  • Variation 12. L'istesso tempo
  • Variation 13. Agitato
  • Intermezzo
  • Variation 14. Andante (come prima)
  • Variation 15. L'istesso tempo
  • Variation 16. Allegro vivace
  • Variation 17. Meno mosso
  • Variation 18. Allegro con brio
  • Variation 19. Piu mosso. Agitato
  • Variation 20. Piu mosso
  • Coda. Andante
(ISBN 9780769239491)