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Rapsodie sur un thème de Paganini for Piano and Orchestra op. 43
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About the Composer


Sergej Rachmaninow

Composer and pianist who continued and expanded the late-Romantic tradition; he prepared the way for Prokofiev and Shostakovich. His oeuvre comprises orchestral works, piano pieces, choral works, several operas, and numerous songs.

1873Born in Semyonovo on April 1. From 1880 receives professional instruction in music.
1885–92Studies music at the Moscow Conservatory.
1890–92Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1, with the diminished fourth in the main theme typical of his style.
1892Successful performance of his one-act opera “Aleko” (a graduation work). Prelude in C-sharp minor for piano.
1897Unsuccessful premiere of the Symphony No. 1, Op. 13 (with abrupt contrasts). First experiences as an opera conductor at Moscow’s Mamontov Theater. He becomes acquainted with Fyodor Shalyapin, later his friend.
1900/01Composition of the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, in a modified style (broad melodic arcs, transparent compositional style).
1904–06Appointed conductor at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
1906Premieres of the operas “The Miserly Knight,” Op. 24, and “Francesca da Rimini,” Op. 25.
1907Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27, with whimsical figuration in the woodwinds; Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28.
1909Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30; symphonic poem “The Isle of the Dead,” Op. 29
from 1910More complex compositional technique (enhanced polyphony, ambiguous harmonies, fast rhythmic alterations) in Thirteen Preludes for piano, Op. 32; “Études-tableaux,” Op. 33 (1911); Fourteen Songs, Op. 34 (1910–16).
1917Rachmaninoff leaves Russia and lives in Stockholm, Copenhagen, the United States (career as pianist), and Switzerland.
1926/41Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40. In 1935/36, Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44.
from 1939He emigrates permanently to the United States.
1943Death in Beverly Hills on March 28.

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About the Authors


Norbert Gertsch (Editor)

Dr. Norbert Gertsch, born in 1967 in Rheinkamp/Moers, studied piano solo at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and read musicology and philosophy at the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg and the Ruperto Carola University Heidelberg on a scholarship from the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”. In 1996 he wrote his doctoral thesis on Ludwig van Beethoven’s Missa solemnis (as part of the New Complete Edition) under Ludwig Finscher.

In the following year, he began to work at G. Henle Publishers, initially as an editor for electronic publishing. After working on a two-year project (1999–2000) sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG) preparing a new Beethoven Catalogue of Works, he became a scholarly editor at G. Henle Publishers. In 2003 he became Editor-in-Chief, in 2009 Deputy Managing Director and Head of Publishing. As of 1 January 2024, the Executive Board of the Günter Henle Foundation has appointed Dr. Norbert Gertsch, as the new managing director, succeeding Dr. Wolf-Dieter Seiffert.

Gertsch has published many Urtext editions for G. Henle Publishers, including volumes for a new edition of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas together with Murray Perahia.


Marc-André Hamelin (Fingering)



Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 3 d minor op. 30
Piano reduction, Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1452

€29.00 available

€29.00 available
Sergei Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no. 2 c minor op. 18
Piano reduction, Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1214

€28.50 available

€28.50 available
Further editions of this title
Johann Sebastian Bach Harpsichord Concerto no. 4 A major BWV 1055
Piano reduction, Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1383

€17.00 in preparation

€17.00 in preparation