The Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, is an orchestral suite in three movements. Completed in 1940, it is Sergei Rachmaninoff's last major composition.
The Symphonic Dances allowed him to indulge in a nostalgia for the Russia he had known, much as he had done in the Third Symphony, as well as to effectively sum up his lifelong fascination with ecclesiastical chants. In the first dance, he quotes the opening theme of his First Symphony, itself derived from motifs characteristic of Russian church music. In the finale he quotes both the Dies Irae and the chant "Blessed be the Lord" (Blagosloven yesi, Gospodi) from his All-Night Vigil.
Performances & Interviews
- Rachmaninov: Symphonic Danceshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01snh92.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01snh92.jpg2014-05-18T11:26:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zb54q
Rachmaninov: Symphonic DancesStephen Johnson explores Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.
- Rachmaninov: Symphonic Danceshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01snyh4.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01snyh4.jpg2014-07-09T09:58:00.000ZIn this Proms Music Guide, Andrew McGregor looks at Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p022h44b
Rachmaninov: Symphonic DancesIn this Proms Music Guide, Andrew McGregor looks at Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.