The work is fully representative of the composer's later style with its curious, shifting harmonies, the almost Prokofiev-like grotesquerie of the outer movements and the focus on individual instrumental tone colors throughout (highlighted by his use of an alto saxophone in the opening dance). The opening three-note motif, introduced quietly but soon reinforced by heavily staccato chords and responsible for much of the movement's rhythmic vitality, is reminiscent of the Queen of Shemakha's theme in Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Golden Cockerel, the only music by another composer that he had taken out of Russia with him in 1917.
|Date of composition||1940 in New York, NY, United States|
|Premiered||1941, January 7th|
|Approx. duration||40 minutes|
Sergueï Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Sergej Vasil'evič Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Sergei Wassiljewitsch Rachmaninow: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45