“He Loved Doing Good for People”: Rakhmaninov as a Participant of Moscow Charitable Concerts


This paper deals with Rakhmaninov’s charitable activity in his Russian period which he carried on mainly in Moscow. The author fixes a connection between charitable concert activity of Rakhmani¬nov and main stages of his creative evo¬lution as a composer and a performer (in particular, she emphasizes the sig-nificance of his charitable performances in overcoming his first creative crisis) and also with social and political situa¬tion in Russia of that period (the com¬poser’s most intensive charitable activity coincided with the First World War and the revolution of 1917). In Appendix there is a list of all charitable con¬certs in Moscow from 1891 to 1917 in which Rakhmaninov had participated.