Music: Rachmaninoff Reverts

Before the Revolution of 1917 Russia knew its Sergei Vassilievitch Rachmaninoff chiefly as a composer who patterned himself after Tchaikovsky and wrote gentle, nostalgic music according to 19th Century traditions. The U. S. knows Rachmaninoff best as a pianist, a career forced on him by exile and the loss of his fortune. But in his quiet unpublicized way Rachmaninoff has gone on writing music. In Baltimore last week a Rapsodie which he composed last summer was given its premiére by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Because Rachmaninoff was there to solo, the...

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