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Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) 

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor who is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential musicians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in 1873 in Semyonovo, Russia, Rachmaninoff began studying piano and music theory at a young age and quickly rose to prominence as a pianist and composer. He is best known for his deeply emotional and expressive piano compositions, including his famous Piano Concerto No. 2, which remains one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire to this day.

In addition to his piano works, Rachmaninoff also composed a number of other successful works, including operas, choral works, and orchestral pieces. He was a prolific composer, producing a large number of works in a relatively short period of time, and his music is known for its lush, romantic melodies and complex, virtuosic piano writing. Rachmaninoff's music was deeply personal and often reflected his own emotional struggles and experiences, making it deeply resonant with audiences around the world.

Rachmaninoff's music continues to be popular and influential today, and his works are widely performed and recorded by classical musicians around the world. His legacy as a composer and pianist is enduring, and he will always be remembered as one of the great masters of classical music.