Rachmaninoff [Rakhmaninov, Rachmaninov], Serge [Sergey] (Vasil′yevich)
- Geoffrey Norris
(b Oneg, 20 March/April 1, 1873; d Beverly Hills, CA, March 28, 1943). Russian composer, pianist and conductor. He was one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, the last great representative of Russian late Romanticism. The influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and other Russian composers soon gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom, with a pronounced lyrical quality, expressive breadth, structural ingenuity and a palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colours....