WSMR Quarterly Issue Reports - Q1 2020

Evening Masterwork: Symphonic Dances by Rachmaninoff

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 by Sergei Rachmaninoff

Evening Masterwork for March 23, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

For a significant part of his career, Rachmaninoff was criticized for being a 20th-century composer still rooted in 19th-century style. But towards the end of his life, he began to integrate modernist rhythms into his works, inspired by composers like Stravinsky and Prokofiev. The Symphonic Dances, which he completed in 1940, is one of these pieces. Hear it tonight at 7, our Evening Masterwork, on Classical WSMR.