What work of Rachmaninov’s early years was a monumental disaster, causing him to give up composing for a number of years?
Symphony No. 1. The first performance was conducted by an inebriated Alexander Glazunov and the orchestra was severely under-rehearsed. It was a fiasco that sent Rachmaninov into a deep depression.
Quiz Yourself About the Life and Music of
Rachmaninov at the time of the 1st Symphony debacle (1897)
How did Rachmaninov overcome his writer’s block at this time?