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Recently I've been spending a lot of time at my other keyboard. (Hence the generally light blogging.) I've been working on Rachmaninoff's very famous Prelude in C# Minor, which is actually the second movement from Morceaux de fantaisie.
It's much too difficult for me. I don't care. I'm not even trying to learn the whole thing, just the last third or so. To this untrained ear it seems musically straightforward — just lots of big chords played very loudly. The only technical complexity in this section is the sheer number of notes because it's usually four keys on each hand.
And did I mention loud? I think the correct method is to break one's fingers while playing. The dynamic mark is sffff and the notes are accented too, just in case all those fs were too subtle.
I haven't done any research on this piece so I don't have anything scholarly or useful to say about it. But I'll say that the reason I want to learn it is because I think it's marvelous "angry" music. Mad at the world? Need to destroy something? How about banging on the piano as hard as you can until you're exhausted? This is good for that.