“Prelude in G minor” op 23 no 5-Rachmaninoff- Piano solo-simplified version

“Prelude in G minor” op 23 no 5-Rachmaninoff


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It very likely this the most well known and loved of all the Rachmaninoff preludes for piano solo.
I wanted to keep this beautiful work as close to the original as possible, but make it accessible for more pianists to play as the full version is very difficult.
I have kept the key in G minor, but still want to retain all the power and passion of this prelude. It is still a complex piece, but this arrangement is hopefully less so, than the original.I have taken all(or nearly all) notes which make large stretches-therefore there is nothing greater than an octave in either hand, what is more I have tried to limit the amount of notes “within” the chord to keep power and make it easier to handle.
I’ve also changed the beaming to made it a little more user friendly- and tried to avoid big leaps.
Certain areas have been shared by the hands-even places are swapped to achieve a musical result.
This is a truly wonderful piece- The youtube link has the entire score for you to assess suitability.
It is fantastic for concerts, recitals, or even just an “adventure” to play.

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