Rachmaninoff’s 150th Birthday Trivia

    1. Sergei Rachmaninoff was not only a great composer, but he was also a:
    • Great Violinist 
    • Virtuoso Pianist 
    • World renowned chef 
    • Poet 

    ***Rachmaninoff was not only a great composer and virtuoso pianist, he was also a conductor! 


    1. Rachmaninoff’s secret weapon as a pianist was:
    • His fast fingers 
    • His skills as a composer 
    • His long hours of practice 
    • His very large hands  


    1. What do Rachmaninoff and basketball star Shaquille O’Neal have in common?
    • They both loved to cook 
    • They both played the piano 
    • Their hand span from pinky to thumb was the same size of 12 inches! 
    • They were both composers 


    1. Rachmaninoff also gained acclaim as a conductor. Which orchestra did he NOT conduct?
    • Bolshoi Theatre 
    • Boston Symphony Orchestra 
    • Berlin Philharmonic 
    • Moscow Private Russian Opera 

    ***Rachmaninoff’s conducting debut was in 1897 when he conducted Samson and Delilah for the Moscow Private Russian Opera. 


    1. Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini was premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra with Rachmaninoff as soloist in which US city?
    • Chicago 
    • New York 
    • Balltimore 
    • Atlanta 

    ***The world premiere performance took place at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland in 1934. 


    1. Rachmaninoff composed the 2nd Symphony in Dresden in the year:
    • 1950 
    • 1800 
    • 1703 
    • 1906 

    ***The 2nd Symphony was premiered in St. Petersburg in 1908. 


    1. How old was Rachmaninoff when he composed his first piano concerto?
    • 18 
    • 22 
    • 5 
    • 30 


    1. How many concerts did Rachmaninoff perform from 1922 to 1923?
    • 10 
    • 50 
    • 30 
    • 70 


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