It’s time for another Symphonic Selections post! This time, I decided to feature one of my favourite piano pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff. It’s his “Prelude in C-sharp minor“, and it’s a gorgeous, haunting piece. I can’t remember exactly where I stumbled upon this work, but I do know that Asada Mao skated to this piece, called “Bells of Moscow”, in the 2010 Winter Olympics, haha! Seriously, though, I’m a sucker for good piano pieces, and this is definitely one.
I read through the comments left on the YouTube video, and someone posted an interesting interpretation of the piece. The beginning starts slow, representing someone waking up in a coffin. When the piece picks up and gets more frantic, the person in the coffin is also panicking because they can’t get out of the coffin. Finally the piece begins to slow again and finishes off on a soft note because the person in the coffin is dying from the lack of oxygen. This interpretation is quite morbid and creepy, but it’s actually quite brilliant. Very Poe-ish, too. I am normally not into this sort of gothic and horror type stories and analogies, but the interpretation just fascinated me because it just fits the piece perfectly.
Do give this a listen. It’s not a happy, bouncy piece, but it’s a piece I still recommend if you want something forbidding and inspiring at the same time. I hope you’ll like it, despite its sombre tone!