Fantaisie-tableaux (Suite No. 1), Op. 5
By Sergei Rachmaninoff / ed. Maurice Hinson and Allison Nelson
Piano Book (2 Pianos, 4 Hands)
For Two Pianos, Four Hands
This large four-movement work, written in 1893, was premiered by Rachmaninoff and Pavel Pabst in Moscow. It is dedicated to Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. A few lines of poetry by Romantic poets preface each movement. The theme of love in the first two movements is brought to life by the two pianos with colorful, passionate writing. The final two movements feature the sound of bells---the third movement inspired by cathedrals bells that Rachmaninoff heard as a youngster, and the fourth movement capturing the jubilant sound of Easter carillon.