Sergei Rachmaninov


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.

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Sergei Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov at the time of the 1st Symphony debacle (1897)


How did Rachmaninov overcome his writer’s block at this time?