Rachmaninoff – Vocalise For Violin

Title : Sergei Rachmaninov, Vocalise (Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14) From Wikipedia,Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14 is a song by Sergei Rachmaninoff, published in 1912 as the last of his Fourteen Songs, Opus 34. Written for voice (soprano or tenor) with piano accompaniment, it contains no words, but is sung using any one vowel (of the singer’s choosing). It was dedicated to soprano Antonina Nezhdanova. Although the original publication stipulates that the song may be sung by either soprano or tenor voice, it is usually chosen to be performed by a soprano. As with many classical vocal pieces, it is transcribed in a variety of keys, allowing the performer to choose a vocal range more suitable to their natural voice, so that artists who may not have the higher range of a soprano can nevertheless perform the song. When sung by a tenor, it is sung an octave lower than the same key when sung by a soprano.

25 Responses to “Rachmaninoff – Vocalise For Violin”

  1. memas171 Says:

    The begging is similiar to ” secret garden”.

  2. MrFlbob Says:

    Have piano/violin version of this song interestingly enough – written in G Major — (1 sharp F). Have also seen it in D Major as well – 2 sharps (F and C) . Minor variation to say the least, but nonetheless, a slight difference in interpretation.

  3. ronaldjevans Says:

    Excellent interpretation by Akiko Suwanai and pianist Phillip Moll.

  4. taciturnme Says:

    @D0g63rt thanks, it’s nice when we youtubers help each other out instead of swearing or fighting over “who is better singer, etc”. Danke! :)

  5. D0g63rt Says:

    Minor is dramatic and sad. Major is uplifting and happy. C and D are each the starting/ending note of their relative scales. Each scale has a distinct sound that even people without perfect pitch can pick up on. Almost every classical piece is written with either a minor or major modality, but there’s more out there. Modern ‘experimental’ music is one example that occasionally departs from the norm.

  6. roccodel63 Says:

    Il violino e il pianoforte sono in disaccordo; entrambi suonano senza avere la cognizione dei tempi e dei colori timbrici che caratterizzano il fascino intrinseco nonchè poetico del motivo appassionato e nostalgico, tratti salienti di questa composizione in miniatura dell’artista Rachmaninov.

  7. taciturnme Says:

    @4028814 thanks :D

  8. 4028814 Says:

    @taciturnme Hi, C minor is a scale as well as D major. Each scale has a character of its own; meaning: feature of every note whether dias, bimole, or becar. You can google those two scales and see images. Of course, someone with more musical knowledge may help in a more sophisticated way :) . .

  9. taciturnme Says:

    Can enlighten this ignorant one ; what does it mean when a piece of a music in “C minor” or “D major” ???Please help :(

  10. TwelfthRoot2 Says:

    “it is transcribed in a variety of keys, allowing the performer to choose a vocal range. . . ” This doesn’t make any sense to me. You can’t just shift a piece, even by a half step, and expect it to sound the same. It will sound very different. I guess it depends on the listener.

  11. LisztisKing Says:

    I don’t feel sorrow when I listen to this piece. I feel pure beauty, and if anything, joy.

  12. girlinHK14 Says:

    I was thinking how familiar this piece sounds when i remembered that i’ve played a clarinet version of it a LONG time ago, but. . . this version sounds HEARTBREAKING

  13. gpffpsnl Says:

    absolute faviourite.
    been looking for this piece everywhere.

  14. Grafiction Says:

    You found the perfect words. .

  15. princessgerll Says:

    It feels like a lament from the heart. This piece makes me wanna cry everytime I hear it.

  16. ISetViolinsOnFire Says:

    So sorrowful, but so beautiful. :)

    I love listening to classical music. Even though most of the recordings are done fairly recently, I always feel like I’m getting a glimpse of the past. I can just see Rachmaninoff writing this. . .

  17. slesar1117 Says:

    This vocalese is executed perfectly by singer Galina Vasilevna Olejnichenko
    I have laid out a record part on the account

  18. gsl1989 Says:


    Did rachmaninoff transcribe it for violin or was it someone else?

  19. KarlNerman Says:


  20. bweono Says:

    a vocalise is a song without words. This piece was originally, in fact for piano and voice. More fundamentally. . . a vocalise is to express one’s self through voice.

  21. BigT020 Says:

    Does anyone know where this was recorded?

  22. URB4NR3CON Says:

    as a rap fan I enjoy this very much

  23. cillification Says:

    I love it it’s making me so melancholic and peaceful. . .

  24. cogermax91 Says:

    I love this piece and this playing *****

  25. colinrb13 Says:

    How would a singer do the rills?

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