Rachmaninoff - Symphony No. 2 (score)
Arranged for chamber orchestra
Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony is not only one of his most popular works, but also one of the most well-loved pieces in the Romantic repertoire. Its long soaring melodies, rich sensuous harmonies and wide range of expression combine to create a powerful, sweeping statement. This arrangement aims to create a full orchestral picture from a smaller ensemble, using only the instruments in Rachmaninoff’s score. Hearing the clarity of individual lines can reveal hidden aspects of the score, adding an intimacy in the performing and listening experience, as well as enabling this work to be performed in smaller venues without enormous financial constraints. The complete work is arranged without cuts, and lasts around one hour.
Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, 2 horns, trumpet, 2 percussion (timpani, cymbal, glockenspiel, snare drum), violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, double bass (minimum 2, 2, 2, 2, 2)