Rachmaninoff – Song 4



Rachmaninoff’s Song #4 is moody and dramatic with interesting harmonies. There are some passages that have jazzy dissonances, although all eventually resolve.

Song #4 is a little more difficult than #6, with an ongoing two against 3 beat pattern shifting from upper to lower voices in a 3 beat measure. It rolls steadily along if the waltz beat is maintained. The rolling triplets were split among the 5th flutes, altos, and basses, for breathing purposes. In the upper parts, the pattern has rests to make it a bit easier. It should be noted that the upper triplet part becomes a contrasting melody at measure 19 through 35 against the first melody introduced. This one had a tempo of quarter note =50 on the original, but I think we’ll like it better near 60.



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Alto, Bass, Flute 1, Flute 2, Flute 3, Flute 4, Flute 5, Piccolo, Conductor


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