Sergei Rachmaninoff: Presto from Moments musicaux
Yue Chu, piano
Performed on Thursday, April 11, 2013
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia
Composed in 1896, Rachmaninoff’s Moments musicaux represent the composer’s homage to piano composition and form. Each movement can be performed on its own, and each aims to capture a musical form from a previous era such as the nocturne, song without words, barcarolle, étude, and theme and variations. The very name of the set is inspired by Franz Schubert's piano cycle of the same name from 1828. The fourth piece in Rachmaninoff’s set is most closely linked to the virtuoso works of Chopin, with echoes of the famous “Revolutionary” Etude and the Prelude in G major, Op. 28, No. 3.