Rachmaninoff: The Last Concert

525 Henley Street
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Designed and sculpted by Victor Bokarev, and stands at the World's Fair Park, as a tribute to the composer.


Sergei Vasilyevich Rakhmaninov, (1873 – 1943) was a Russian composer, virtuoso pianist, and conductor of the late Romantic period. The influence of TchaikovskyRimsky-KorsakovBalakirevMussorgsky, and other Russian composers is seen in his early works, later giving way to a personal style notable for song-like melodicismexpressiveness and rich orchestral colors.


Born into a musical family, Rachmaninoff took up the piano at the age of four. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1892, having already composed several piano and orchestral pieces. Following the Russian Revolution, Rachmaninoff and his family left Russia and settled in New York City. With his main source of income coming from piano and conducting performances, demanding tour schedules led to a reduction in his time for composition. By 1942, his failing health led to his relocation to Beverly Hills, California.


His last recital was given on February 17, 1943 at the Alumni Memorial Gymnasium/Auditoriumat the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. Rachmaninoff's health rapidly declined shortly thereafter, and he died at the end of March, four days before his seventieth birthday.