Learn how to play Rachmaninov's Prelude Op 3 No 2

01 October 2021
By Ellie Palmer
This gem, written by a teenage Rachmaninov, is a must-learn


Sergei Rachmaninov, the great Russian composer, wrote a ginormous number of works during his lifetime. Included in these works was Prelude Op 3 No 2. This piece developed into what is now one of his most famous pieces.

Incredibly, Rachmaninov was just 19 years old when he wrote this piece. He wrote the prelude, along with a few other pieces, as a graduation work from the Moscow Conservatoire in 1892. He dedicated the piece to his teacher, Anton Arensky. He received no payment for it beyond a small fee upon publication.

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The full score – plus an in-depth lesson from Lucy Parham – is available inside issue 103 of Pianist, which you can download straight to your phone, tablet or smartphone today. The score is available on its own in our sheet music store.

Have fun with it!