Sergei Rachmaninoff composed his Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44 between 1935 and 1936. The Third Symphony is considered a transitional work in Rachmaninoff's output. In melodic outline and rhythm it is his most expressively Russian symphony, particularly in the dance rhythms of the finale. What was groundbreaking in this symphony was its greater economy of utterance compared to its two predecessors. This sparer style, first apparent in the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, enhances the emotional power of the work.

Date of composition 1936 (1935-1936)
Premiered 1936, November 6th in Philadelphia, PA, United States
Type Symphony
Tonality A Minor
Catalogue Op. 44
Approx. duration 42 minutes
Instruments Orchestra
Autotranslations beta Sergueï Rachmaninov: Symphonie n°3 en la mineur, Op. 44
Sergej Vasil'evič Rachmaninov: Sinfonia n. 3 in la minore, Op. 44
Sergei Wassiljewitsch Rachmaninow: Sinfonie Nr. 3 a-moll, Op. 44