This is the first piece that Rachmaninov ever wrote, and it’s just utterly stunning and beautiful

Sergei Rachmaninov’s first ever composition wasn’t an epic piano workout, it was this gorgeous Romance for violin.

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It’s not even blessed with a proper Opus number, but Rachmaninov’s Romance in A minor for violin and piano would surely stand up against his later, more famous works. It's thought it was written sometime in the 1880s, when the composer would've been a teenager at the oldest - it could even have been written before he even reached double figures.

But what clues can we pick up about Rachmaninov’s early compositional style? Well, have a listen:

Like so many of Rachmaninov’s great works, melody is the star here. Just lock into that violin line and follow it all the way: it’s a treasure trove of delightful chromatic lines and expert phrasing.

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