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Rachmaninoff

or Rachmaninov

[rahkh-mah-nuh-nawf, -nof, rahk-; Russian ruhkh-mah-nyi-nuh f] /rɑxˈmɑ nəˌnɔf, -ˌnɒf, rɑk-; Russian rʌxˈmɑ nyɪ nəf/
noun
1.
Sergei Wassilievitch
[sur-gey vuh-seel-yuh-vich;; Russian syir-gyey vuh-syee-lyi-vyich] /sɜrˈgeɪ vəˈsil yə vɪtʃ;; Russian syɪrˈgyeɪ vʌˈsyi lyɪ vyɪtʃ/ (Show IPA),
1873–1943, Russian pianist and composer.
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Examples from the Web for Rachmaninoff
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  • It is as dismal and as overdone as Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C sharp minor.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
  • The giant of to-day, to my mind, is indisputably Rachmaninoff.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing

    James Francis Cooke
  • She played the Rachmaninoff "Prelude," and when she had finished they neither moved nor spoke.

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
  • They have not, however, the splendid mould of Rachmaninoff, nor have they his vigorous originality.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing

    James Francis Cooke
  • An excellent example of this is contained in the autobiography, Rachmaninoff's Recollections.

  • In this book, immortal Rachmaninoff describes in detail his success in overcoming a severe case of mental depression.

British Dictionary definitions for Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff

/rækˈmænɪˌnɒf; Russian raxˈmaninəf/
noun
1.
Sergei Vassilievich (sɪrˈɡjej vaˈsiljɪvitʃ). 1873–1943, Russian piano virtuoso and composer
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