Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
Critical Edition of the Complete Works
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943) was a pianist and composer of international stature and one of the towering figures of early 20th-century music. He left behind an œuvre consisting of some 170 works, many of which await discovery or are known only in forms far removed from the composer‘s intentions.
The project Sergei Rachmaninoff: Critical Edition of the Complete Works (RCW) issued by Russian Music Publishing, is the first complete edition of Rachmaninoff‘s music prepared in accordance with scholarly criteria while meeting the demands of performers. It catalogues, explores, and annotates every available musical, literary, and iconographic source of Rachmaninoff‘s music.
The RCW is published under the scholarly auspices of Valentin Antipov. The editorial standards of the RCW satisfy the most discerning criteria and are supervised by an editorial board of internationally acknowledged authorities in Rachmaninoff scholarship. Alexandre Rachmaninoff, the composer‘s grandson, has been secured as a special advisor. The RCW is furthermore realized in close cooperation with the Glinka State Central Museum of Musical Culture, which houses one of the most extensive collections of Rachmaninoff autographs worldwide. For the first time all sources have been consulted and all compositions are presented in their authentic form including all existing versions from the composer.
The RCW will make Rachmaninoff‘s works available in their entirety, including early compositional essays, sketches, drafts, and arrangements and transcriptions of works by other composers. It will therefore provide the first fully rounded picture of Rachmaninoff‘s creative personality. Another section will include Rachmaninoff‘s writings in ten volumes: letters, memoirs, conversations and interviews. These volumes will be subject to the same high scholarly-critical criteria as the music volumes.
The Musical Heritage will comprise approximately 50 volumes. Compositions are subdivided into the following series:
Series I: Sacred Choral Works (2 volumes)
Series II: Vocal Works with Orchestra (4 volumes)
Series III: Works for Orchestra (6 volumes)
Series IV: Works for Piano and Orchestra (10 volumes)
Series V: Works for Piano Solo (6 volumes)
Series VI: Works for Piano Ensemble (4 volumes)
Series VII: Chamber Music Works (2 volumes)
Series VIII: Works for Voice and Piano (2 volumes)
Series IX: Secular Choral Works (1 volume)
Series X: Operas (8 volumes)
Series XI: Sketches of Unfinished Works (3 volumes)
Series XII: Supplement
The following purchasing options are available for this edition:
Purchase of individual volumes at retail sales prices
Part subscription to individual series (a price advantage of approx. 15 %)
Full subscription (a price advantage of approx. 20 %)
For further information please ask your music dealer.